Plato's Arguments For The Supposition Of The Soul

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In Plato’s dialogue Phaedo, he explains the soul and comes to the conclusion that the soul is immortal. Through describing the last hours of Socrates life before his execution, he lays out three arguments in support of the idea that while the body may cease to exist the soul cannot perish. In this paper, I will explicate Socrates three arguments for the immortality of the soul and their objections. Then I will argue on the presupposition of the Law of Conservation of Mass, that the universe, entailing the soul, must be cyclical. The Law of Conservation of Mass For the efficacy of this argument, I will ask you grant my assumption that is: Mass cannot be created or destroyed. However, it can be rearranged or changed in form through processes like chemical reactions. All the…show more content…
But this would be impossible unless our soul was in some place before existing in the human form; here, then, is another argument of the soul's immortality.” An example of knowledge being of recollection in action is the Form of Equality. The Form of Equality states that perfect equality is known, despite the fact that perfect equality is never presented to the senses i.e. objects that are precisely equal are never present. However, once embodied, to learn something new, it must be perceptible to the senses. Therefore, the Form of Equality must have been known before becoming embodied. This implies that existence is not limited to our time spent embodied. That which constitutes our being, the body, and the soul, cannot be destroyed as per the Law of Conservation of Mass. While the body may rot and decay eventually becoming one with the earth, it must remain a part of the universe, for it cannot be destroyed. Therefore, what is present here now, must have already been here

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