At sections 77E-78A and 89C-91A, Socrates offers Cebes and Simmias two seemingly unrelated pieces of advice regarding how they might approach two seemingly unrelated problems: the fear of death and misology. Based on our readings of Phaedo, please explain the extent to which (1) these pieces of advice relate to one another, (2) the two problems relate to one another, and (3) the pieces of advice relate to the problems. In addition, (4) please explain the extent to which Plato presents Socrates as following his own advice and (5) explain the relative success of doing so in relation to Phaedo’s claim at 89A regarding how well Socrates healed those present with him.
Papers must be double spaced, 3-5 pages in length, and free of spelling/grammatical/mechanical errors. Please make use of any sections of the text that we discussed in class that you believe will most adequately address the exam questions, and please note that you are not responsible for including any sections of the text that we did not cover in class. Please remember that you use Plato’s text, but no other outside sources will be permitted for this paper, including the translators’ introductory essay that occurs prior to Plato’s actual writing; While you are not required to quote passages from the text, if you choose to do so remember that they should be brief and should only be used to support your explanations and not replace them. If you include any quoted material you may simply indicate the page number(s) in quotes at the end of the passage(s); please do not
include footnotes, endnotes, a bibliography, works cited page, etc.