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The first item of discussion in Socrates argument is the separation of the body and the soul Socrates gains full agreement from Simmias and Cebes when he says that death is simply a separation of the body and the soul He then makes the argument that this parting is what the philosopher should look forward to and work for Socrates also gains his friends acknowledgement that the philosophers lifelong goal is to seek wisdom and that the body impedes that search Assuming that they are real the truths of the Just the Beautiful etc are seen in this life only partially-- through the tainted filters of the human eyes Therefore humans--namely philosophers are unable to achieve complete knowledge of these truths because the desires and the needs of the body get in the way On line 67e Socrates says If we are ever to have pure knowledge we must escape from the body and observe matters in themselves with the soul by itself Socrates also points out that the pleasures of food and drink sex and ornamentation are all worthless acquisitions because the body becomes worthless after death reminding us again of the separation of body and soul Socrates then has proven to Simmias and Cebes two things First that the body is inferior to the soul because of its finite age and secondly that it is harmful to the souls purpose of gaining the true forms These two points lead to a third and final point digressing into the difference between the philosophical life and the life of the commoner People either spend their lives caring for the body and its immediate needs or caring for the soul and furthering the success of the distant afterlife Differing from most people the philosopher spends most of hisher time caring for the soul not the body Socrates Simmias and Cebes all agree that the search for wisdom is the utmost care for the
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