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Reconsidering the Essential Nature and Indestructibility of the Soul in the Affinity Argument of the Phaedo

Reconsidering the Essential Nature and Indestructibility of the Soul in the Affinity Argument of... AbstractThis paper offers a fresh examination of a salient distinction located at the beginning of the Affinity Argument between the composite (τὸ σύνθετον) and the incomposite (τὸ ἀσύνθετον). I offer reasons for why Plato may have intended for us to assume that the soul is an incomposite unity in its essential nature. I then substantiate this claim by reviving an ancient interpretation to the Affinity Argument according to which the soul is of the same metaphysical kind as the Forms. I thus suggest that the argument may be seen as supporting the basic indestructibility cum immortality of all souls. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Rhizomata de Gruyter

Reconsidering the Essential Nature and Indestructibility of the Soul in the Affinity Argument of the Phaedo

Rhizomata , Volume 11 (1): 28 – Aug 30, 2023

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de Gruyter
Copyright
© 2023 Walter de Gruyter GmbH, Berlin/Boston
ISSN
2196-5110
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2196-5110
DOI
10.1515/rhiz-2023-0004
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Abstract

AbstractThis paper offers a fresh examination of a salient distinction located at the beginning of the Affinity Argument between the composite (τὸ σύνθετον) and the incomposite (τὸ ἀσύνθετον). I offer reasons for why Plato may have intended for us to assume that the soul is an incomposite unity in its essential nature. I then substantiate this claim by reviving an ancient interpretation to the Affinity Argument according to which the soul is of the same metaphysical kind as the Forms. I thus suggest that the argument may be seen as supporting the basic indestructibility cum immortality of all souls.

Journal

Rhizomatade Gruyter

Published: Aug 30, 2023

Keywords: Composition; Psychology; Metaphysics; Mereology; Neoplatonism

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