Truth and Plato Essay

1070 Words Nov 11th, 2012 5 Pages
Plato
The story of two sisters, Melissa and Melinda, is one of deep philosophical analysis. The harsh scenario is of the two sisters’ brother, Matthew, who is involved in a horrific accident that essentially leaves him brain dead and only alive through a complex network of life support systems. According to Matthew’s last will and testament, he states specifically that if something of this sort ever happens to him, both sisters must mutually agree upon the ultimate decision of whether or not to proverbially “pull the plug.” This is a massive decision that will take great deliberation upon both parties to inevitably come to common terms with one another. Essentially, both sisters have their own aspect of what they should do regarding
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He argues that big things would not be bigger or small things wouldn’t be smaller without their opposites as they depend on their opposites for their existence. Accordingly, people who are awake are just people who were asleep but then woke up, while people who are asleep are just people who were once awake. This sounds pretty obvious at first, but as we apply this to the idea of the human soul, things should begin to trigger deeper thoughts into our own set of beliefs. As he continues on, Plato argued that death must come from life, and life from death. With that said, people who are dead are just people who were in the past alive but then died, and people who are alive are just people who were dead but then experienced being born. Plato’s thought suggests a continuous cycle of birth, death, and rebirth. Plato explains in this excerpt from Phaedo that, “If generation were in a straight line only, and there were no compensation or circle in nature, no turn or return into one another, then you know that all things would at last have the same form and pass into the same state, and there would be no more generation of them.” (Phaedo 72a) This shows Melissa that Matthew’s soul existed before “Matthew” and will continue to exist after Matthew. His body is not what defines him, but what is inside of him more or less.
Melinda may also argue that knowledge can justify the existence of the soul. According to Plato,
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