The Soul and the Body: The Writings of Plato

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Since the times of the Greeks and Romans, people have taken it upon themselves to question the reality of their worlds and to wonder what it is that causes people to behave the ways that they do and what it means even to just be human. Plato, one of the most famous of the ancient philosophers, was taught by another most famous philosopher, Socrates a man perhaps even better known than him. Unfortunately, Socrates was extremely critical of the social structure of his culture as well as established beliefs and thus subject to legal consequences for his public and highly objection-able criticisms of the regime then in control. Finally, the government decided to put Socrates on trial; he was found guilty and executed via poisoned drink, his choice of suicide methods. Through his experiences with his teacher Socrates, the thought processes of Plato were modified and modulated in everything, including in the concept of human existence and the human soul which are expressed in his writings, especially those which recreate the final moments of Socrates life and would serve to immortalize that man's ideas.
The writings of Plato compare Socrates to various everyday beings which he represents. In the "Apology" tells the story of the trial of Socrates and the various people who testified to his being a danger to the society and that he was guilty of corrupting Athenian youth. In…

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