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  Plato (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)
Plato's dialogues are not a static literary form; not only do his topics vary, not only do his speakers vary, but the role played by questions and answers is never the same from one dialogue to another.
If we take Plato to be trying to persuade us, in many of his works, to accept the conclusions arrived at by his principal interlocutors (or to persuade us of the refutations of their opponents), we can easily explain why he so often chooses Socrates as the dominant speaker in his dialogues.
Plato would not have invested so much time in the creation of this comprehensive and lengthy work, had he not believed that the creation of a political community ruled by those who are philosophically unenlightened is a project that deserves the support of his readers.
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 Plato: Forms
In the middle and late dialogues, Plato employed the conversational structure as a way of presenting dialectic, a pattern of argumentation that examines each issue from several sides, exploring the interplay of alternative ideas while subjecting all of them to evaluation by reason.
Plato later came to disagree with his teacher on this point, arguing that genuine knowledge of virtue is attainable through application of appropriate educational methods.
Plato believed that the same point could be made with regard to many other abstract concepts: even though we perceive only their imperfect instances, we have genuine knowledge of truth, goodness, and beauty no less than of equality.
www.philosophypages.com /hy/2f.htm   (2276 words)

 Plato's Middle Period Metaphysics and Epistemology (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)
Plato may be able to avoid this circle of individuation by not making form-copies depend on particulars for either their being or their individuation.
Plato offers little in the way of detail on this score, but twice he alludes to a method of hypothesis, suggesting both in the Phaedo and Republic that hypotheses and their ultimately being rendered ‘non-hypothetical’ is part of the process by which one comes to know a Form.
Plato resolves the paradox by showing that there are different ways in which one might be said to ‘know’ something and that sometimes having a belief about F is adequate to begin an inquiry into F.
plato.stanford.edu /entries/plato-metaphysics   (17802 words)

 The Phaedo: A Commentary - Don Paarlberg - The Examined Life On-Line Philosophy Jorunal
Plato claims in another dialogue, the Phaedrus, that the written word is inferior to living speech for purposes of philosophy (275a-76b).
Plato's contention is that things change through acquiring new opposite properties, and that our true propositions about these things can reflect these changes-for example, when we say first that John is asleep, and subsequently that he is awake.
Plato probably caused Simmias to pose this problem only because Pythagorean philosophers of his day had popularized the theory that the soul is an attunement of the body.
www.examinedlifejournal.com /archives/vol2ed5/phaedo.html   (7392 words)

 Plato's Phaedo
Plato’s idea: at some point, one must invoke a kind of knowing that is not propositional - i.e., not a matter of knowing that something-or-other - but is more like knowledge by acquaintance.
Plato’s universe is value-ridden at its very foundations: value is there from the start, not imposed upon an antiseptic, value-neutral reality by the likes of us - external imposers of value on what in itself has no intrinsic value.
Plato closes this possibility off at 76d1-3: he must think it obvious that we don’t have the concept at birth (since we can’t use it then).
faculty.washington.edu /smcohen/320/phaedo.htm   (1697 words)

 Amazon.ca: Plato: Phaedo: Books: Plato,C. J. Rowe   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-03)
Plato's dialogue Phaedo portrays Socrates in prison awaiting execution and discussing with his friends the fate of the soul after death.
Plato also advances the 'imperfection argument' here -- the idea that when we sense something, it is never perfectly the thing we are thinking of, and that idea or standard to which we relate what we see, hear, feel, etc. is tying into a more perfect Form.
In his work Phaedo, Plato utilizes the character of Socrates, before his death by poison in prison, as a vehicle for establishing the existence of, and immortality of, the human soul.
www.amazon.ca /Plato-Phaedo/dp/052131318X   (1080 words)

 Phaedo - PLATO - Plato - Benjamin Jowett - Microsoft Reader eBook
Though Plato himself was apparently ill and not present at the prison on the day of Socrates' death, Phaedo was, and the discussion was surely recounted to him, perhaps much in the same way as this dialog is recounted by Phaedo for Echecrates.
Phaedo was from a noble family in Elis, but when that city was defeated in 401 BC he was captured and forced into a house of prostitution.
However, Phaedo managed to slip out to listen to Socrates, who eventually persuaded either Cebes or Alcibiades or Crito and their friends to ransom him so that he could be free and study philosophy.
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 Plato [Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy]
The way that Plato's represents Socrates going about his "mission" in Athens provides a plausible explanation both of why the Athenians would have brought him to trial and convicted him in the troubled years after the end of the Peloponnesian War, and also of why Socrates was not really guilty of the charges he faced.
Whatever value Plato believed that knowledge of abstract entities has for the proper conduct of philosophy, he no longer seems to have believed that such knowledge is necessary for the proper running of a political community.
Plato takes the four elements, fire, air, water, and earth (which Plato proclaims to be composed of various aggregates of triangles), making various compounds of these into what he calls the Body of the Universe.
www.utm.edu /research/iep/p/plato.htm   (7918 words)

 Phaedo’s Mistake: Socratic Dialogues and Philosophical Authority
The historical Phaedo wrote Socratic dialogues, and I show that the references to his lost works indicate that they were preoccupied with the character and physicality of Socrates.
I propose that here Plato is suggesting that the fixation of Socratic authors such as Phaedo on the person of Socrates rather than on the pursuit of truth he championed constitutes a misunderstanding of the Socratic enterprise.
I conclude that it is for this reason that Plato did not merely tell his readers to think less of him than of the truth but chose a literary medium that would allow him to show the necessity of this message without ever saying it directly.
www.apaclassics.org /AnnualMeeting/05mtg/abstracts/long.html   (421 words)

 Phaedo - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Plato's Phaedo (IPA: [pʰaɪdɔːn]) is the fifth and last dialogue detailing the final days of Socrates and contains the death scene.
The dialogue is told from the perspective of Phaedo of Elis, a youth who, upon Sparta's sack of Elis had been taken prisoner and enslaved in a boy brothel.
Phaedo then remarks to Echecrates, pausing in the course of his hitherto uninterrupted account of Socrates' final hours and his arguments for the immortality of the soul, saying that, because of this objection, those present had their "faith shaken," and that there was introduced "a confusion and uncertainty" (Phaedo, 88c).
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Phaedo   (4296 words)

 The Internet Classics Archive | Phaedo by Plato (via CobWeb/3.1 planetlab2.netlab.uky.edu)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-03)
PHAEDO, who is the narrator of the dialogue to ECHECRATES of Phlius
Were you yourself, Phaedo, in the prison with Socrates on the day when he drank the poison?
As I was saying, the ship was crowned on the day before the trial, and this was the reason why Socrates lay in prison and was not put to death until long after he was condemned.
classics.mit.edu.cob-web.org:8888 /Plato/phaedo.html   (8586 words)

 Plato's dialogues - Phaedo
Plato and his dialogues : Home - Biography - Works and links to them - History of interpretation - New hypotheses - Map of dialogues : table version or non tabular version.
Thus, once again, we can only wonder at Plato, who is never one-sided, and finds ways to keep all things together at the very same time he is putting the stress on one or another side of our many-sided being.
An exact count of a dialogue's size is difficult to do and, to be accurate, should take into account the fact that, in the time of Plato, writing techniques were not what they are today, or even what they were with the Renaissance editions that serve as a reference.
plato-dialogues.org /tetra_4/phaedo.htm   (3632 words)

 Amazon.com: Plato: Phaedo (Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics): Books: Plato,C. J. Rowe   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-03)
Plato is often consistent with those new age ideas but he expresses his thoughts in a more poetic way.
A new age theory about this is that if you go back to 10,500 BC and beyond you had a lot of people running around with for example the body of a human being but the head of a horse, tree branches for arms, etc..
Plato, simply put, is the man. While he can be boring(what book isn't at sometimes boring?), he was a deep thinker.
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 Plato and his dialogues : home
Plato is probably one of the greatest philosophers of all times, if not the greatest.
But if we have more than we would bargain for in terms of writings attributed to Plato, as some of the dialogues and letters transmitted to us under his name are obviously not his, we have very little data on his life and literary activity.
As a result, many conflicting theories have been developed by scholars of various times regarding the interpretation of Plato's dialogues and their chronology to the extent it bears on that interpretation.
plato-dialogues.org /plato.htm   (794 words)

 Plato's Phaedo 2
Phaedo 10 • Phaedo 11 • Phaedo 12 • Phaedo 13 •
This translation of Plato's Phaedo was prepared by Benjamin Jowett and first published in 1871.
And if Phaedo exceeds him in size, that is not because Phaedo is Phaedo, but because Phaedo has greatness relatively to Simmias, who is comparatively smaller?
www.hermetic-philosophy.com /plato_phaedo2.htm   (5818 words)

 Amazon.com: Plato: Phaedo: Books: Plato,R. Hackforth   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-03)
That the Phaedo is a work of supreme art, perhaps the greatest achievement in Greek prose literature, is something that needs no argument.
The Phaedo is a third-person account of the philosophical discussion between Socrates and his friends on the day of his death.
In many ways, the Phaedo is a precursor to much of the philosophy of The Republic, in which the concepts of the eternal soul and the invisible Forms addressed here are threshed out much more satisfactorily.
www.amazon.com /Plato-Phaedo/dp/0521097029   (1622 words)

 PLATO - PHAEDO - FULL TEXT - In Four WebPage Parts - Part One
PLATO - PHAEDO - FULL TEXT - In Four WebPage Parts - Part One
This is what I would say, he replied: We should agree, if I am not mistaken, that what a man recollects he must have known at some previous time.
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When we had been so firmly convinced before, now to have our faith shaken seemed to introduce a confusion and uncertainty, not only into the previous argument, but into any future one; either we were not good judges, or there were no real grounds of belief.
You shall hear, for I was close to him on his right hand, seated on a sort of stool, and he on a couch which was a good deal higher.
Now he had a way of playing with my hair, and then he smoothed my head, and pressed the hair upon my neck, and said: To-morrow, Phaedo, I suppose that these fair locks of yours will be severed.
www.constitution.org /pla/phaedo.txt   (14980 words)

 PHAEDO by Plato, Part 01
I wish that you would tell me about his death.
What was the manner of his death, Phaedo?
Whereas, Simmias, the rest of the world are of opinion that a life which has no bodily pleasures and no part in them is not worth having; but that he who thinks nothing of bodily pleasures is almost as though he were dead.
www.greekmythology.com /Books/Classic/plato/phaedo_01.html   (2445 words)

 Amazon.ca: The Symposium and the Phaedo: Plato: Books: Plato,Raymond Larson   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-03)
Raymond Larson's excellent translation of the dialogues that deal, respectively, with the nature of eros and the immortality of the soul are supplemented by careful annotation, a fine introduction, a list of principal dates in the life of Plato, and a selected bibliography.
The Phaedo presents a dicussion held in a prison cell where Socrates is being held shortly before his death.
Accordingly immortality is the focus of the dicussion.
www.amazon.ca /Symposium-Phaedo-Plato/dp/088295122X   (293 words)

 Phaedo Books, Book Price Comparison at 130 bookstores
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Death of Socrates and the Life of Philosophy: An Interpretation of Plato's Phaedo
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 Plato: Phaedo
There I feel with you — indeed I do, Phaedo, and when you were speaking, I was beginning to ask myself the same question: What argument can I ever trust again?
After all this was admitted, and they had agreed about the existence of ideas and the participation in them of the other things which derive their names from them, Socrates, if I remember rightly, said: —
But there the whole earth is made up of them, and they are brighter far and clearer than ours; there is a purple of wonderful luster, also the radiance of gold, and the white which is in the earth is whiter than any chalk or snow.
www.constitution.org /pla/phaedo.htm   (13660 words)

 Plato - Phaedo
[Echecrates] Were you yourself, Phaedo, in the prison with Socrates on the day when he drank the poison?
[Ech.] Yes, Phaedo; and I don't wonder at their assenting.
But I do say that, inasmuch as the soul is shown to be immortal, he may venture to think, not improperly or unwo
www.classicallibrary.org /plato/dialogues/14_phaedo.htm   (14210 words)

 Phaedo (by Plato)
Phaedo, who is the narrator of the dialogue to ECHECRATES of Phlius Socrates, Apollodorus, Simmias, Cebes, Crito, Attendant of the Prison
There I feel with you-indeed I do, Phaedo, and when you were speaking, I was beginning to ask myself the same question: What argument can I ever trust again?
And yet, he said, the number two is certainly not opposed to the number three?
www.law.umkc.edu /faculty/projects/ftrials/socrates/phaedo.html   (12453 words)

 Plato Quotes - The Quotations Page
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