Death in Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle

Gareth B. Matthews

in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Death

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780195388923
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Series: Oxford Handbooks

 Death in Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle

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This chapter examines the views of death by ancient Greek philosophers including Aristotle, Socrates, and Plato. It suggests that Aristotle offered no cheerful optimism similar to Socrates in his “Apology” and did not provide any arguments about the immortality of the soul like Plato in “Phaedo.” What Aristotle attempted to do was to help us face immortality that can enhance our chances of living worthy lives.

Keywords: death; Aristotle; Socrates; Plato; Apology; immortality; Phaedo; worthy lives

Article.  6784 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Metaphysics ; Classical Philosophy

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