Deuteros Plous, the immortality of the soul and the ontological argument for the existence of God

In Gabriele Cornelli, Thomas M. Robinson & Francisco Bravo (eds.), Plato's Phaedo.Selected papers from the eleventh Symposium Platonicum. Baden Baden: Academia Verlag. pp. 221-230 (2018)

Authors
Rafael Ferber
University of Zürich
Abstract
The paper deals with the "deuteros plous", literally ‘the second voyage’, proverbially ‘the next best way’, discussed in Plato’s "Phaedo", the key passage being Phd. 99e4–100a3. The second voyage refers to what Plato’s Socrates calls his “flight into the logoi”. Elaborating on the subject, the author first (I) provides a non-standard interpretation of the passage in question, and then (II) outlines the philosophical problem that it seems to imply, and, finally, (III) tries to apply this philosophical problem to the "ultimate final proof" of immortality and to draw an analogy with the ontological argument for the existence of God, as proposed by Descartes in his 5th "Meditation". The main points are as follows: (a) the “flight into the logoi” can have two different interpretations, a common one and an astonishing one, and (b) there is a structural analogy between Descartes’s ontological argument for the existence of God in his 5th "Meditation" and the "ultimate final proof" for the immortality of the soul in the "Phaedo".
Keywords Deuteros plous / Second Sailing  Flight into the Logoi  immortality of the soul  ultimate final proof for the immortality of the soul  ontological argument of the existence of God
Categories (categorize this paper)
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

Our Archive
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Sallis on Deuteros Plous: The Philosopher as Voyager.Bernard Freydberg - 2013 - Journal of Speculative Philosophy 27 (2):199-207.
The Moral Certainty of Immortality in Descartes.Michael W. Hickson - 2011 - History of Philosophy Quarterly 28 (3):227-247.
The Immortality of the Soul in Descartes and Spinoza.Edwin M. Curley - 2001 - Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 75:27-41.
Degrees of Separation in the Phaedo.Michael Pakaluk - 2003 - Phronesis 48 (2):89 - 115.
Plato's Affinity Argument for the Immortality of the Soul.David Apolloni - 1996 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 34 (1):5-32.
Plato's Affinity Argument for the Immortality of the Soul.David Apolloni - 1996 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 34:5-32.
The Immortality of the Soul in Descartes and Spinoza.Edwin M. Curley - 2001 - Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 75 (27-41):27-41.
Soul and Intermediates in Plato's "Phaedo".Eunshil Bae - 1996 - Dissertation, University of California, Los Angeles
Kant’s Postulate of the Immortality of the Soul.Chris W. Surprenant - 2008 - International Philosophical Quarterly 48 (1):85-98.
Immortality of the Soul: A Reflection Upon Plato’s Dialogue in Phaedo.Inshā’Allah Rahmatī - 2006 - Journal of Philosophical Theological Research 7 (28):79-118.
Kant's Postulate of the Immortality of the Soul.Chris W. Surprenant - 2008 - International Philosophical Quarterly 48 (1):85-98.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2019-02-05

Total views
47 ( #157,972 of 2,325,876 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
47 ( #11,162 of 2,325,876 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes

Sign in to use this feature