Soul Poetical and Soul Philosophical. On Plato's dialogue Pheado

Jaroslav Cepko


The paper tries to interpret Plato’s dialogue Phaedo in the light of the first Socrates’ words. His short monologue about the relation of pleasant and unpleasant is immediately brought into the context of philosophical and poetical type of explanation. The author finds interesting that the Socrates’ elucidation of the dream which once exhorted him to exercise the music does not present both approaches as exclusive, but rather as complementary. Consequently, it is possible to read the Pheado as an outline of a “higher” philosophy of separated forms as well as an invitation to complete it with a “lower” philosophy of mixtures.


philosophy and poetry, Plato, Phaedo

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