On the Question of Whether Plato’s Phaedo Displays Philosophy in Two Registers: Benardetean Reflections
Audio recording of a lecture given by Patrick Goodin on December 9, 2022 as part of the Dean's Lecture & Concert Series. The Dean's Office has provided this description of the event: "Quite early in the Phaedo Socrates famously describes philosophy, correctly understood, as the practice of dying and being dead, after which he goes on to discuss its meaning in detail. Out of this discussion emerge the two well-known arguments for the immortality of the soul: reincarnation and recollection. The two primary interlocutors, Cebes and Simmias, however, raise two powerful objections that compel Socrates to revise his understanding of philosophy. The question I wish to explore in this talk is whether the revised understanding is consistent with the first or constitutes philosophy in a different register and what is the relationship between the two?
Santa Fe, NM
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