Döden och odödligheten: En samtidskommentar till Platons Faidon
Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
The highest task of Philosophy, according to Socrates, is to teach man to die, to face death in the right way - the death in which the particular and the general are united, the death that concerns every one of us and at the same time does not concern anyone other than oneself . I agree completely with Socrates in his understanding of death - given that I have understood him correctly - and I believe that we should talk more about death and also dare to reflect upon the difficult issues that are related to it. This is not at all dangerous. But I take a very critical position in regard to his argument for immortality, the immortality of the soul, that is, the continued existence of the soul after the bodily, physical, death. Certainly, there may be a theoretical possibility that the soul somehow continues to exist after the physical death, but I do not think so. The only thing that remains of us, or rather after us, is the memory and the result of our actions in this life, that is, the result of the good or evil we have done against our fellow beings in this life.
Death, in my opinion, understood as event or condition, is consequently one of the supernatural phenomena that makes us, we humans, human: a continuous inception and uncompleted wonder.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 34 p.
Socrates, Plato, Phaedo, Death, Immortality, Soul
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-28243OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-28243DiVA: diva2:853274
Subject / course
Ruin, Hans, Professor