External link reading (required for Mid-Term Exam): http://www.faculty.umb.edu/gary_zabel/Phil_100/Plato_files/310585462-Plato-Phaedo.pdf
We will utilize the following questions [borrowed from http://www.woldww.net/classes/General_Philosophy/General-SQ%27s/Plato-Phaedo1.html] to help us study and guide us to important concepts and points in the Phaedo.
Setting of the Phaedo
Socrates has been tried and found guilty and sentenced to be executed. Phaedo, one of Socrates’ best friends, attended Socrates’ trial. On his way home, he come across of group of Pythagoreans. You undoubtedly remember the theorem of Pythagoras, in geometry: a2 + b2 = c2
However, Pythagoras and his followers who lived together in study/living communities, consider many more topics. Among the many topics they considered is the topic of the soul and the transmigration of the soul. The Phaedo is a real dialogue, with each character presenting significant ideas about the nature of the soul, so give serious attention to what each character says, not only Socrates.
The questions below are also relevant for our Mid-Term Exam. Select one question and answer it. Copy the question and the page reference next to it; then answer the question in several sentences, as needed.
Text Task: Does it make any sense to talk of ‘soul’ anymore, given our current understanding of brain function? Use elements of Chapter 4 to support your view.
Text Task: Each day, you wake and find yourself present. Many of you take selfies and deposit them on one or several social medial platforms. Which one of the selfies or photos represents the real you? If you scroll through your digital files of childhood photos or pull out the old photo albums from the back of the closet, you will notice how very much you and others too have changed over time. What makes you the same person at all these different times?
Use elements of Chapter 5 of the Rachels text and your personal experience to support your claim.
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