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  1. Plato's Phaedo as an Aesopian Fable About the Immortal Soul: A Fragmentary Attempt in Understanding.Ivan Chvatík - forthcoming - The New Yearbook for Phenomenology and Phenomenological Philosophy.
  2. The Philosopher’s Reward: Contemplation and Immortality in Plato’s Dialogues.Suzanne Obdrzalek - forthcoming - In Alex Long (ed.), Immortality in Ancient Philosophy.
    In dialogues ranging from the Symposium to the Timaeus, Plato appears to propose that the philosopher’s grasp of the forms may confer immortality upon him. Whatever can Plato mean in making such a claim? What does he take immortality to consist in, such that it could constitute a reward for philosophical enlightenment? And how is this proposal compatible with Plato’s insistence throughout his corpus that all soul, not just philosophical soul, is immortal? In this chapter, I pursue these questions by (...)
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  3. Philosophy and Literature: The Arguments of Plato's Phaedo.Christopher Rowe - forthcoming - Proceedings of the Boston Area Colloquium of Ancient Philosophy.
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  4. The Last Natural Philosophers in Plato’s Phaedo 99b2-C6.Daniel Vázquez - forthcoming - Mnemosyne.
    This paper examines the possible sources of the theories introduced in Phaedo 99b2-c6. It argues that Plato is primarily alluding to Aristophanes’ Clouds and views held by Diogenes of Apollonia and Archelaus of Athens. But the passage, I also suggest, could serve another rhetorical function. By inviting us to reflect on whether and to what extent other natural philosophers fit the description of these theories, the text emphasises the gulf between Socrates and his predecessors. The paper concludes by discussing the (...)
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  5. Temperance and Epistemic Purity in Plato’s Phaedo.Patricia Marechal - 2021 - Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie.
    In this paper I examine the moral psychology of the Phaedo and argue that the philosophical life in this dialogue is a temperate life, and that temperance consists in exercising epistemic discernment by actively withdrawing assent from incorrect evaluations the body inclines us to make. Philosophers deal with bodily affections by taking a correct epistemic stance. Exercising temperance thus understood is a necessary condition both for developing and strengthening rational capacities, and for fixing accurate beliefs about value. The purification philosophers (...)
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  6. Temperance and Epistemic Purity in Plato’s Phaedo.Patricia Marechal - 2021 - Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie.
    In this paper I examine the moral psychology of the Phaedo and argue that the philosophical life in this dialogue is a temperate life, and that temperance consists in exercising epistemic discernment by actively withdrawing assent from incorrect evaluations the body inclines us to make. Philosophers deal with bodily affections by taking a correct epistemic stance. Exercising temperance thus understood is a necessary condition both for developing and strengthening rational capacities, and for fixing accurate beliefs about value. The purification philosophers (...)
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  7. Review of Samuel Scolnicov, Plato’s Method of Hypothesis in the Middle Dialogues, Edited by Harold Tarrant. [REVIEW]Evan Rodriguez - 2019 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 57 (3):549-550.
    This volume, a lightly-edited version of Professor Samuel Scolnicov’s 1974 Ph.D. thesis, is a fitting tribute to his impressive career. It will perhaps be most useful for those interested in better understanding Scolnicov’s work and his views on Plato as a whole, not least for the comprehensive list of his publications that requires a full twelve pages of print. Scholars with an interest in Plato’s method of hypothesis will also find some useful remarks on key passages in the Meno, Phaedo, (...)
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  8. Plato's Guide to Living with Your Body.Russell E. Jones & Patricia Marechal - 2018 - In Philosophy of Mind in Antiquity: The History of the Philosophy of Mind, Volume 1. Routledge. pp. 84-100.
    In the Phaedo, Socrates offers recommendations for living a philosophical life. We argue that those recommendations can be properly understood only in light of Socrates’ account of the soul’s true nature, considered separately from the body. Embodiment causes the soul to diverge from its proper end, the pursuit of knowledge. Bodily pleasures, pains, and desires divert the soul to other ends, distract its attention away from knowledge, and deceive it about what is true. Socrates’ recommended solutions to these obstacles are (...)
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  9. Annotated Bibliography on Plato's Phaedo.David Ebrey - 2017 - Oxford Bibliographies.
    8000 Word annotated bibliography on the Phaedo, with roughly 70 entries. Note that the subscription version is a bit easier to navigate. The hyperlinks work in this pdf, but you can not as easily jump to the different sections.
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  10. A Fourth Way of Reading Plato’s Phaedo.Donka D. Markus - 2017 - International Journal of the Platonic Tradition 11 (1):80-90.
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  11. O PROBLEMA DA PARTICIPAÇÃO NOS DIÁLOGOS DE PLATÃO: FÉDON, REPÚBLICA, PARMÊNIDES E SOFISTA.Otacilio Luciano de Sousa Neto - 2017 - Dissertation, Universidade Federal Do Ceará, Brazil
  12. On Being Reminded of Heraclitus by the Motifs in Plato’s Phaedo.Catherine Rowett - 2017 - In Enrica Fantino, Ulrike Muss, Charlotte Schubert & Kurt Sier (eds.), Heraklit Im Kontext. De Gruyter. pp. 373-414.
    In this paper I argue that we can better understand Plato’s Phaedo, if we don’t concentrate solely on the hints of Pythagoreanism among the characters and their doctrines, as though that were the principal key to the dialogue’s dialec- tical targets. I suggest that the dialogue is intended to make us think of the meta-physics of at least one other Presocratic predecessor, besides any Pythagorean influence (which may be much less than has been thought). Not least among the thinkers of (...)
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  13. Η ερμηνεία του Βησσαρίωνα για την τρίτη απόδειξη της αθανασίας της ψυχής στον Φαίδωνα του Πλάτωνος (78b4-80c1) [Bessarion’s interpretation of Plato’s Phaedo: The third proof of the immortality of the soul (78b4-80c1)].Athanasia Theodoropoulou - 2017 - Ηθική (11):52-63.
  14. The ‘Two Worlds’ Theory in the Phaedo.Gail Fine - 2016 - British Journal for the History of Philosophy 24 (4):557-572.
    ABSTRACTAt least in some dialogues, Plato has been thought to hold the so-called Two Worlds Theory, according to which there can be belief but not knowledge about sensibles, and knowledge but not belief about forms. The Phaedo is one such dialogue. In this paper, I explore some key passages that might be thought to support TW, and ask whether they in fact do so. I also consider the related issue of whether the Phaedo argues that, if knowledge is possible at (...)
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  15. Review: Hugh H. Benson. Clitophon's Challenge: Dialectic in Plato's Meno, Phaedo, and Republic. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015. 328 Pages; $65.00/Hardcover. [REVIEW]Yale Weiss - 2016 - Philosophical Forum 47 (1):25-29.
  16. Ancient Readings of Plato’s Phaedo.Sylvain Delcomminette, Pieter D'Hoine & Marc-Antoine Gavray (eds.) - 2015 - Brill.
    Unlike the _Phaedo_ itself, its reception in Antiquity remains little studied. By examining the extant commentaries, their sources, and the dialogue’s presence in the reflections of ancient thinkers both inside and outside the Platonic tradition, this volume aims to reconstruct its ancient history.
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  17. Plato’s Ingredient Principle: Phaedo 105a2-5.Boris Hennig - 2015 - Ancient Philosophy 35 (2):303-316.
    We can accept Plato's "ingredient principle" when we replace the distinction between things and properties with a slightly different one.
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  18. Plato, Republic and Phaedo. D. Sherman Soul, World, and Idea. An Interpretation of Plato's Republic and Phaedo. Pp. VIII + 410. Lanham, Md. And Plymouth: Lexington Books, 2013. Cased, £70, Us$110. Isbn: 978-0-7391-7232-2. [REVIEW]Eirini-Foteini Viltanioti - 2015 - The Classical Review 65 (1):51-53.
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  19. Platonic Causes Revisited.D. T. J. Bailey - 2014 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 52 (1):15-32.
    This Paper Offers A New Interpretation of Phaedo 96a–103a. Plato has devoted the dialogue up to this point to a series of arguments for the claim that the soul is immortal. However, one of the characters, Cebes, insists that so far nothing more has been established than that the soul is durable, divine, and in existence before the incarnation of birth. What is needed is something more ambitious: a proof that the soul is not such as to pass out of (...)
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  20. Death and Immortality in Late Neoplatonism: Studies on the Ancient Commentaries on Plato’s Phaedo. [REVIEW]Dennis Clark - 2014 - International Journal of the Platonic Tradition 8 (1):107-109.
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  21. Sherman, Daniel., Soul, World and Idea: An Interpretation of Plato's Republic and Phaedo. [REVIEW]Kevin Crotty - 2014 - Review of Metaphysics 68 (1):197-199.
  22. Death and Immortality in Late Neoplatonism: Studies on the Ancient Commentaries on Plato's “Phaedo.”.G. Fay Edwards - 2014 - Philosophical Review 123 (2):231-234.
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  23. Socrates and the Gods: How to Read Plato's Euthyphro, Apology and Crito. By Nalin Ranasinghe. [REVIEW]Gene Fendt - 2014 - American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 88 (1):187-189.
  24. The Platonic Conception of Immortality and its Connexion with the Theory of Ideas.R. K. Gaye - 2014 - Cambridge University Press.
    Originally published in 1904, this book examines the connection between two of Plato's most famous theories, the Theory of Ideas and the Theory of the Immortality of the Soul, and assesses the development of Plato's thinking concerning the nature of the soul and its connection to the body. Gaye looks at pre-Platonic views on immortality and the place of immortality in Plato's overall philosophical structure. This book will be of value to anyone with an interest in Platonic philosophy.
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  25. The Role of Ἀριθμός in Plato’s Phaedo.Sophia Stone - 2014 - Southwest Philosophy Review 30 (1):137-149.
    The paper argues that the role of ἀριθμός (i.e., a limited multitude) is important for understanding the logical form of the final proof for the immortality of the soul. Along the way, it rejects the notion that soul is a form or the particularity of a form and suggests instead that it is something like an intermediate object. It is the first paper from a set of papers in progress that analyze Plato's metaphysics with respect to the ancient Greek conception (...)
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  26. Misologie und Misanthropie in Platons Phaidon.Ulrich Diehl - 2013 - In H.-J. Gerigk / H. Koopmann (ed.), Hass. Darstellung und Deutung in den Wissenschaften und Künsten. Mattes Verlag.
    Das Thema der Misologie und Misanthropie lässt sich wie so viele anderen philosophischen Themen der europäischen Geistesgeschichte bis zu einem platonischen Dialog zurückverfolgen. In diesem Fall handelt es sich um Platons berühmten Dialog Phaidon. Nun handelt dieser Dialog bekanntlich von der Frage nach der Unsterblichkeit der menschlichen Seele. Dennoch verweist Sokrates an einer bestimmten Stelle des Dialoges auf die für den Menschen drohenden Gefahren der Misologie und der Misanthropie hin, dem Hass auf die Vernunft und den Hass auf den Menschen, (...)
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  27. The Memory of Virtue: Achieving Immortality in Plato's Symposium.Anthony Hooper - 2013 - Classical Quarterly 63 (2):543-557.
    The prospect of human immortality is manifest in many of Plato's writings, appearing as early as the Apology and the Crito , and as late as Book 12 of the Laws . But nowhere is immortality given so much attention, nor as central a place in Plato's philosophical projects, as in what have traditionally been referred to as his Middle Period works, so it is hardly surprising that we find an extensive treatment of the subject of immortality in Socrates’ own (...)
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  28. Plato’s Phaedo as a Pedagogical Drama.Sarah Jansen - 2013 - Ancient Philosophy 33 (2):333-352.
  29. Drama, Dogmatism, and the 'Equals'argument in Plato's Phaedo.David Lee - 2013 - Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy 44:1.
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  30. Death and Immortality in Late Neoplatonism: Studies on the Ancient Commentaries on Plato’s Phaedo, by Sebastian R. Ph. Gertz. [REVIEW]Donka D. Markus - 2013 - Ancient Philosophy 33 (2):464-469.
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  31. Wisdom – Knowledge – Belief. The Problem of Demarcation in Plato’s “Phaedo”.Artur Pacewicz - 2013 - Studia Philosophica Wratislaviensia 8.
    The aim of the present paper is to show how Plato suggested demarcating between knowledge and other kinds of human intellectual activities. The article proposes to distinguish between two ways of such a demarcation. The first, called `the external demarcation', takes place when one differentiates between knowledge and non-knowledge, the rational and non-rational or the reasonable and non-reasonable. The second, called `internal', marks the difference within knowledge itself and could be illustrated by the difference between the so called hard and (...)
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  32. The Problem of Motion in Plato's "Phaedo".Michael M. Shaw - 2013 - Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy 17 (2):275-300.
    This paper examines the relationship between participation and motion with respect to the natural philosophy of the "Phaedo". Aristotle’s criticism of participation and its failure to account for motion shows the relevance of the dialogue to this problem. Challenging Aristotle’s critique, I interpret the "Phaedo" as offering a possible solution to the question of how forms cause motion in material beings. The verb ὀρέγεσθαι at 65c8, 75a2, and 75b1, together with the active ὀρέγειν at 117b2, ground an account of ontological (...)
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  33. Soul, World, and Idea: An Interpretation of Plato's "Republic" and "Phaedo".Daniel Sherman - 2013 - Lexington Books.
    The theme of Soul, World, and Idea is the meaning of immortality and eternality for Plato as seen in the Republic and Phaedo. It offers a reinterpretation of the platonic ideas and the immortality of the soul as wholly within lived experience.
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  34. Soul as Structure in Plato's Phaedo.Douglas J. Young - 2013 - Apeiron 46 (4):469 - 498.
  35. Rethinking Plato: A Cartesian Quest for the Real Plato.Necip Fikri Alican - 2012 - New York: Brill | Rodopi.
    This book is a quest for the real Plato, forever hiding behind the veil of drama. The quest, as the subtitle indicates, is Cartesian in that it looks for Plato independently of the prevailing paradigms on where we are supposed to find him. The result of the quest is a complete pedagogical platform on Plato. This does not mean that the book leaves nothing out, covering all the dialogues and all the themes, but that it provides the full intellectual apparatus (...)
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  36. A Riveting Argument in Favor of Asceticism in the Phaedo.Travis Butler - 2012 - History of Philosophy Quarterly 29 (2).
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  37. Socrates and Aesop in Plato's Phaedo.Mark L. McPherran - 2012 - Apeiron 45 (1):50-60.
  38. « The Form Of Soul In The Phaedo ».Brian Prince - 2012 - Plato 11 11.
    Although the Phaedo never mentions a Form of Soul explicitly, the dialogue implies this Form’s existence. First, a number of passages in which Socrates describes his views about Forms imply that there are very many Forms; thus, Socrates’ general description of his theory gives no ground for denying that there is a Form of Soul. Second, the final argument for immortality positively requires a Form of Soul.
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  39. Teaching Classics Through Art: Visual Arts as a Tool for Enhancing Text Comprehension and Appreciation.Jula Wildberger & Jonathan Shimony - 2012 - In Kristof Nyiri & Andras Benedek (eds.), The Iconic Turn in Education. Frankfurt et al.: Peter Lang. pp. 25-37.
    Showcases methods of visualization to support text comprehension and engagement with texts. Includes examples from teaching Plato's Phaedo.
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  40. Simmias’ Objection to Socrates in the Phaedo: Harmony, Symphony and Some Later Platonic/ Patristic Responses to the Mind/Soul-Body Question.Kevin Corrigan - 2010 - International Journal of the Platonic Tradition 4 (2):147-162.
    Simmias' famous epiphenomenalist analogy of the soul-body relation to the harmony and strings of a lyre leads to Socrates' initial refutation and subsequent prolonged defense of soul's immortality in the Phaedo. It also yields in late antiquity significant treatments of the harmony relation by Plotinus and Porphyry that present a larger context for viewing the nature of harmony in the soul and the psycho-somatic compound. But perhaps the most detailed treatment of the musical analogy, and certainly the most radical, is (...)
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  41. The Voice Of Authority: Divination And Plato's Phaedo.Kathryn A. Morgan - 2010 - Classical Quarterly 60 (1):63-81.
  42. Explanation and Essence in Plato's Phaedo.Vasilis Politis - 2010 - In David Charles (ed.), Definition in Greek Philosophy. Oxford University Press. pp. 62--114.
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  43. In Plato's Phaedo.Vasilis Politis - 2010 - In David Charles (ed.), Definition in Greek Philosophy. Oxford University Press. pp. 62.
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  44. Plato: Meno and Phaedo.David Sedley & Alex Long (eds.) - 2010 - Cambridge University Press.
    Plato's Meno and Phaedo are two of the most important works of ancient western philosophy and continue to be studied around the world. The Meno is a seminal work of epistemology. The Phaedo is a key source for Platonic metaphysics and for Plato's conception of the human soul. Together they illustrate the birth of Platonic philosophy from Plato's reflections on Socrates' life and doctrines. This edition offers new and accessible translations of both works, together with a thorough introduction that explains (...)
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  45. Platon Et la Question des Images.Makoto Sekimura - 2010 - Ousia.
  46. Pleasure in Plato's Phaedo.Kristian Urstad - 2010 - Philosophy Pathways 151.
    What is Plato's view of pleasure in his dialogue the Phaedo? He clearly (and famously) rails against bodily pleasures, seeing them as shackles of sorts which prevent the soul from attaining its proper perfection apart from the body, but does he leave room in the carnate life for some other forms of pleasure? These are some of the questions I would like to try to address in this paper. As it turns out, I argue that Plato does indeed recognize other (...)
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  47. The Geography of Finitude: Myth and Earth in Plato’s Phaedo.Sara Brill - 2009 - International Philosophical Quarterly 49 (1):5-23.
    Plato’s use of afterlife myths is often viewed as an abandonment of rational discourse for a coercive practice designed to persuade citizens to be concerned about the condition of their souls by appealing to their worst fears about the afterlife. But such interpretations overlook the frequently critical tenor of Plato’s myths. In this paper I develop the claim that Plato appeals to muthos as a means of critiquing various specific logoi by focusing upon the relationship between the myth of the (...)
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  48. Selections From the Phaedo. Plato - 2009 - In John P. Lizza (ed.), Defining the Beginning and End of Life: Readings on Personal Identity and Bioethics. Johns Hopkins University Press.
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  49. Silence as the Greatest Music: The Harmony of Philosophy and Mousike in Plato's Phaedo.Goetz Richter - 2009 - Literature & Aesthetics 19 (1):88-113.
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  50. Without the Least Tremor. Romero - 2009 - Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy 13 (2):241-248.
    Sacrifice haunts the Phaedo. In this article, I argue that the mise-en-scène of the death scene of the Phaedo, as well as other sacrificial elements in the background of the dialogue, creates a nexus that positively integrates the birth, philosophical practice, and death of Socrates into the ritualized rhythm of the life of the city of Athens. A close reading of the death scene presented as a synopsis with Walter Burkert’s well-known analysis of Greek sacrifice reveals convergences and divergences between (...)
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