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Lecture: "8. Plato, Part III: Arguments for the Immortality of the Soul (cont.)"Add to Queue

Course :  Death with Shelly Kagan

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This lecture focuses exclusively on one argument for the immortality of the soul from Plato's "Phaedo," namely, "the argument from simplicity." Plato suggests that in order for something to be destroyed, it must have parts-- that is, it must be possible to "take it apart." Arguing that the soul is simple (i.e., that it does not have parts), Plato believes that it would logically follow that the soul is indestructible. Complete course materials are available at the Open Yale Courses website: http://open.yale.edu/courses

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