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Philosophy is a vast field It examines and probes many different fields Virtue morality immortality death and the difference between the psyche soul and the soma body are just a few of the many different topics which can be covered under the umbrella of philosophy Philosophers are supposed to be experts on all these subjects The have well thought out opinions and they are very learned people Among the most revered philosophers of all time was Socrates Living around the 5th century BC Socrates was among the first philosophers who wasnt a sophist meaning that he never felt that he was wise for he was always in the pursuit of knowledge Unfortunately Socrates was put to death late in his life One of his best students Plato however recorded what had occurred on that last day of Socrates life On that last day of his life Socrates made a quite powerful claim He claimed that philosophy was merely practice for getting used to death and dying At first the connection between philosophy and death is not clear However as we unravel Socrates argument backing up his claim the statement makes a lot of sense In order for Philosophers to examine their world accurately and learn the truth accurately they must remove them selves of all distractions These not only include physical distractions but they include mental distractions and bodily distractions as well Philosophers must get used to viewing and examining the world with out any senses Senses merely hinder and obscure the truth Sight for example can be fooled easily with optical illusions which occur normally in nature Sound can be very distracting as well when a philosopher is trying to concentrate All of these cloud the judgement and must therefore be detached from the soul Socrates argues that philosophers must view the world around them with their souls in order to accurately learn about it However by detaching their souls from all bodily functions
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