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Olympiodorus On Suicide

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This chapter focuses on Neoplatonic responses to the two problems the author has set out. Beginning with the first, the consistency of Socrates' position in the Phaedo, one can trace an outline solution to the problem back to Porphyry. It is this solution to the aporia how the pursuit of death can be reconciled with suicide that is followed without any significant modifications by Ammonius, Olympiodorus, Elias and David. The chapter concerns with the opening of the theoretical discussion of suicide, i.e. Olympiodorus' 'arguments of his own'. The point in introducing the discussion of the text with independent arguments (based on key Neoplatonic notions such as fitness and imitation of the divine) is to demonstrate the concord between Plato's words and philosophical truth as such.

Keywords:aporia; Neoplatonic responses; Olympiodorus; Porphyry; Socrates; suicide



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