Death-contemplation and contemplative living: Socrates and the katha upanishad

Asian Philosophy 4 (1):9 – 16 (1994)
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Abstract This paper seeks to argue that Socrates? thought on the connection between death?contemplation and genuine philosophising as reported in Plato's Phaedo, is comparable in many ways to the insight on the same connection contained in the Katha Upanishad. While refraining from a general comparison of the Platonic and the Upanishadic systems, the paper attempts to show, through an original exposition of Phaedo as well as the Katha Upanishad, that both these classics emphasise the value of death?contemplation for a thoughtful and fundamental assessment of human existence, which is but a genuine task of philosophy
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