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A History of Western Philosophy - Book 1: Chapter 16, Plato's Theory of Immortality Summary & Analysis

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Book 1: Chapter 16, Plato's Theory of Immortality Summary and Analysis

Plato admired Socrates for his attitude to death being free from fear and ethical to the last moments. The belief in immortality along with doctrines derived from such attitude were part of "Phaedo" that inspired also Christian doctrines as well as St Paul and the Fathers' theology. The "Crito" dialogue describes attempts to rescue Socrates but he refused to do anything that would be against the law and punishment. Socrates thought that the spirit of philosophy welcomed death although it would be unlawful if he did it himself. He adhered to the doctrine that men cannot open the doors themselves and should only be summoned by God. If summoned, they would go to gods who were wise and good as well as to other good men. Death was the separation of...

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