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Plato was perhaps one of the most intriguing minds of his time His works influenced many of todays great minds One of his greatest works was his Five Dialogues The Five Dialogues include Euthyphro Apology Crito Meno and Phaedo Of the five books Phaedo is arguable the most captivating Phaedo is an account of the ideas of the great philosopher Socrates In Phaedo Socrates discusses many controversial ideas such as philosophical method death the true philosopher and many other ideas as well Socrates also discusses the nature of the soul in Phaedo The nature of the soul is one of the main points of Platos dialogues It is also important to understand the souls role in acquiring philosophical knowledge Both of these ideas are discussed in great detail in PhaedoSocrates starts describing the nature of the soul by separating it from the body Socrates explains that in order to truly perceive that which is true we must separate the soul from the body He states And indeed the soul reasons best when none of these senses troubles it neither hearing nor sight nor pain nor pleasure but when it is most by itself taking leave of the body and as far as possible having no contact wit it in its search for realitySocrates tells us that the body and the senses only distort the souls perception of reality In order to truly understand reality we must transcend our body and senses Our senses can mislead us Socrates claims the body confuses the soul and does not allow it to acquire truth and wisdom For example just because what one might see looks like a plant it might not necessary be a plant A plant is a living thing What we see might simply be a plastic replica In order to acquire true knowledge we must separate our soul from our bodies Socrates says The body keeps us busy in a thousand different
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