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The Final Argument In Plato’s Phaedo

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The main work of this section of the commentary, it seems, has been accomplished. It begins with the protasis 'if soul is only the giver of life' where the force of 'only' suggests one of two possibilities. The upshot is that (i)one can say comparatively little about how Proclus would have understood the argument; and (ii) Proclus' influence of the commentaries becomes very hard to gauge. The final argument of Plato's Phaedo has the best claim to offering a full proof of immortality in the dialogue, if one is at the base of his judgment on the reaction of the dialogue's characters themselves. Finally, the entire demonstration is captured in nine hypotheses requisite for the truth of the argument (Dam.I.449-457), and eight arguments that are all in one way or another related to the i.e. of soul as giver of life.

Keywords: final argument; Plato's Phaedo; Proclus; protasis



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