Socrates, Philosophy, and Friendship in the 'Phaedo'

In Wisdom, Love, and Friendship in Ancient Greek Philosophy: Essays in Honor of Daniel Devereux. Berlin, Germany: De Gruyter. pp. 175–190 (2020)

Doug Reed
University of Rhode Island
In this paper I investigate Socrates as a friend in Plato's 'Phaedo'. I begin by setting out his friends' request for reassurance of how they will fare after Socrates dies. I argue that by structuring the discussion as he does, Socrates provides one final opportunity for his friends to prepare themselves for life without him, thus offering them the best kind of reassurance they could ask for.
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