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7. Plato, Part II: Arguments for the immortality of the soul

Death (PHIL 176) The discussion of Plato's Phaedo continues, presenting more arguments for the existence and immortality of the soul. One such argument is "the argument from the nature of the forms," which states that because the forms are non-physical objects and cannot be grasped by something physical like the body, it follows that they must be grasped by the soul which must be non-physical as well. This argument is followed by the "argument from recycling" and "the argument from recollection." 00:00 - Chapter 1. Review of Plato's Heaven: Platonic Forms 04:13 - Chapter 2. Concerns and Issues Leading to the Development of Platonic Forms 14:17 - Chapter 3. The Argument from the Nature of the Forms 24:33 - Chapter 4. The Argument from Recycling 33:33 - Chapter 5. The Argument from Recollection 43:54 - Chapter 6. Do Plato's Arguments Suffice? Complete course materials are available at the Open Yale Courses website: http://open.yale.edu/courses This course was recorded in Spring 2007.
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