Plato's Phaedo - 62d - 66a Summary & Analysis

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62d - 66a Summary and Analysis

Socrates maintains that philosophers should be willing and ready to die. However, Cebes replies, a god is a protector of his possessions, so why should not Socrates resent having to die? The wise resent denying. Simmias agrees. Socrates defends him saying that death is not so bad, that he goes to join the company of good men. He insists that his gods are good masters. For some time, Socrates has believed in a good life following this one.

Socrates goes on to maintain that the man who truly spends life doing philosophy is correct to happily face death because death will bring him to great blessing. He wants others to realize that the one goal of the philosopher is to practice for death and dying. Philosophers should therefore not resent death.

After a few further comments, Socrates...

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