Causation in the phaedo

Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 85 (1):21–43 (2004)
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In the _Phaedo Socrates says that as a young man he thought it a great thing to know the causes of things; but finding existing accounts unsatisfying, he fell back on a method of his own, hypothesizing that Forms are causes. I argue that part of what this hypothesis says is that certain phenomena--the ones for which it postulates Forms as causes--are the result of processes whose object was to produce them. I then use this conclusion to explain how Socrates' discussion of causality in the _Phaedo might be supposed to contribute to his final argument for immortality
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DOI 10.1111/j.1468-0114.2004.00185.x
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