Phaedo is one of the Philosopher Plato’s most famous dialogues. It basically gives a real image to the death of another Philosopher Socrates. However no such proof of his existence is found. It is only through Plato’s dialogues that Socrates comes to life. Socrates was credited with the slogan of the pioneer of Western philosophy, but his existence is only present through other people’s accounts (Plato). In this dialogue, Phaedo is a man who considers Socrates to be his mentor and is at his bedside when the Philosopher is dying. During this time with Socrates, Phaedo witnesses words spoken by Socrates, words that depict his thoughts on the afterlife.
Phaedo was a student of Socrates and after the passing away of his mentor Phaedo did what every student who wishes to pay tribute to his master does. Phaedo taught Socrates in his teachings as we witness in his book under discussion. Not only this, but Phaedo went on to extend the reservoir of knowledge that he had acquired from Socrates. This we see in his works such as “Symposium”, in which he writes of the personality of emotions and the origin of affection (Plato, Symposium ). Even though the manner of narration of the subject matter may at times seem a bit out of the ordinary to the modern day reader, the legitimacy of Phaedo’s words do not relinquish the reader as he goes on to describe relationships between love, intimacy, art and beauty. However it is necessary to remember that the narration took shape as Phaedo, along with his friends, was busy praising Eros, the goddess of affection and want.
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