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Plato S Persuasive And Implausible Elements

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The most persuasive element of Plato’s metaphysical outlook is the idea of an immortal
soul. This is an appealing and persuasive idea because the idea of having an immortal soul is a
focus in many religions, particularly Christianity. The idea that there is more that happens to us
after death is something that appeals to many people. It’s persuasive to those people and other
religions and ideas for that reason.
Plato believed in the logos, the thymos, and the eros. The logos represents the way we
think and what goes on in our brains. The thymos represents anger and is located around our
chest. The eros represented desires. These three parts make up the Platonic soul. The reason this
is so persuasive is that having a soul means to be more than human. Being ordinary is boring and
having a soul means that you are special and have a place to go to after you die. It makes the idea
of death much less scary.
As persuasive and appealing as this is, this strikes me as a very implausible way of
viewing the “soul.” The concept of a soul is implausible because through advancements in
science and technology, we have discovered that our brain sends electrical signals throughout our
body to control what we do and think. There’s no evidence that there is a soul and no evidence
we retain that soul after death. There is also little evidence of a soul split into three arbitrary
sections to explain how we do things. We know from modern-day biology that the brain is
responsible for all of our actions.
Plato’s idea of a soul represents unrealistic, idealized thinking. Because of the lack of
evidence among the scientific community, his idea of an immortal soul is implausible.
Presuming to know what happens after death and arbitrarily dividing the body into three sections
is a flawed line of thinking. Plato’s basic metaphysical outlook of having a soul and moving on
after death is implausible because of lack of evidence.

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