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Phaedo Plato Concerning Souls The World of Forms and ParticularsPhaedo written by Plato is intended to be an account of the final moments of Socrates life as he is preparing to be put to death for poisoning the minds of the youth of Athens Socrates proceeds to explain to his followers that there is a soul and his reasoning Plato employed the conversational structure as a way of presenting dialogue He used Socrates in this pattern of argumentation to examine each issue from several perspectives using speculation from Socrates peers This explored the interplay of alternative ideas while subjecting all of them to evaluation by reason Plato incorporates his theory of Forms in which the World of Forms and the World of Particulars categorizes abstract and concrete images In order to contemplate the World of Forms and Particulars a foundation for the reasoning of the soul and its specifics must be establishedPlatos idea of the soul as a separate entity parallels that of the Judeo-Christian beliefs today He taught of the divinity of the soul and the immortality Plato believed the pure soul goes on and the evil soul stays doomed to wander He believed that those virtuous in life would be rewarded with peace and knowledge The idea of reincarnation was justified in the principle of recollection this being the acquirement of knowledge at the moment of birth This awareness at birth includes two types of existences that of the visible the body and that of the invisible the soul The soul also represents the divine and the body as mortal This concept entails opposites He felt this provided support of reincarnation in that life succumbs to death and death generates life Awareness leads into the foundation for the World of Forms and the World of ParticularsPlatos abstracts in the World of Forms are denoted with capital letters with Equal Just and Beauty Itself as the most popular examples These according to Plato are
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