Plato's Phaedo - 81b - 88b Summary & Analysis

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81b - 88b Summary and Analysis

However, perhaps the soul will be impure when it leaves the body, by being associated with it. How could it escape? The bodily element will be heavy but such souls wander the world. These are the souls of inferior men, however, and pay the penalty for poor upbringings. They may be born again because of their attachment to the body. For instance, gluttons may return as donkeys. Destination will be determined by earthly behavior. Those who practice moderation will be happy and perhaps join a "gentle group" of ants. No one can join the gods if they have not practiced philosophy and leave this life pure.

The philosopher should avoid bodily passions and master them. Only in this way can he have wisdom and go to heaven. Lovers of learning know that philosophy will reveal to the...

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