The Son of Apollo: Themes of Plato

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VI
DEATH

Echecrates: Were you, Phædo, yourself with Socrates the day he drank the poison in prison, or did you hear of it from someone else?

Phædo: I was there myself, Echecrates.

Echecrates: Then what did the man say before his death; and how did he die?

The Phædo

ALTHOUGH death is a natural and inevitable event, it persists in being strange and unintelligible. It is life's end and not its consummation. It puts a stop to a man's existence without completing it, so that we rarely think of death except when circumstances imply its nearness or when we deliberately reflect on the changes and chances of this mortal life. Prudence may counsel us that we should always be prepared to die and wisdom may advise us that death is not at all to be feared, but counsel and advice do not go well together. If being prepared to die means having things in readiness for the event, surely the event is in some respect to be feared. The consequences following upon it, either for ourselves or others, are, at least, uncertain.

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  • Title Page iii
  • Note vii
  • Contents *
  • The Son of Apollo 1
  • II - The Writings of Plato 32
  • III - The Perfect City 59
  • IV - Education 104
  • V - Love 154
  • VI - Death 209
  • VII - Socrates 254
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