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In Platos Phaedo he argues that the soul will continue to exist and that it will go on to a better place The argument begins on the day of his execution with the question of whether it is good or bad to die In other words he is arguing that the soul is immortal and indestructible This argument is contrary to Cebes and Simmias who argue that even the soul is long lasting it is not immortal and it is destroyed when the body dies This paper focuses on Platos four arguments for immortality of the human soul and his counter arguments to Cebes and Simmias arguments The first argument for the immortality of the soul can be seen in the argument of souls from opposites 70b-72d He argues that all things which come to be and which have an opposite must necessarily come to be from their opposite and nowhere else If opposite come to be from their opposites then there must be two processes of coming to be For example fast come from slow and the process of becoming fast is speeding up The process of going from living to being dead is dying the process of going from being dead to being alive is called coming to life In this case the souls of the living come from the dead and thus the souls of men who have died must exist in the underworld Whether the souls of men are immortal or destructible can also be argued in the following manner Before that we have to understand the definition of Death According to Plato Death is the separation of the soul from the body 64c The soul is a fundamental form of Life and the opposite form of Life is the form of Death So it is not possible for the soul to be in the form of Death and hence the soul cannot die Therefore we can say that the
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