On death/philosophy: Philosophy is the art of dying. Philosophy itself is the medicine for the soul. The goal of philosophy is to separate the soul from the body. And in doing so, philosophy prepares man for death. Death also brings about recollection of the Forms when the soul part existed among the gods. Death released the soul back to heaven.
I disagree on philosophy being medicine of the soul, I would say itsthe manuscript.
And that its the art of dying, since knowledge is only usefull to someone who is alive.
On the " philosophy is meant to seperate the soul form the body'..I have no clue what it means..
asked Oct 07 '12 at 04:17
Here are some general references on Plato:
"Separating the soul from the body" apparently is a reference to the idea that death is only bodily death, while the soul lives on. Platonic philosophy may, indeed, be aimed specifically at "preparing" man in some way for the alleged eventual "separation" of soul from body upon bodily death. Life-after-death scenarios also generally claim that the "purity" of the soul depends in some way on what man does with himself during his time on earth while soul inhabits body.
Objectivism, of course, holds that earthly life depends on reason, that there is no evidence that any part of man's mind lives on somehow after bodily death, and that the belief in such an "afterlife" profoundly undercuts and diminishes one's capacity for living productively and happily on earth during one's earthly lifespan.