Platonic Personal Immortality

Pacific Philosophical Quarterly (3):812-836 (2019)

Doug Reed
University of Rhode Island
I argue that Plato distinguishes between personal immortality and immortality of the soul. I begin by criticizing the consensus view that Plato identifies the person and the soul. I then turn to the issue of immortality. By considering passages from 'Symposium' and 'Timaeus', I make the case that Plato thinks that while the soul is immortal by nature, if a person is going to be immortal, they must become so. Finally, I argue that Plato has a psychological continuity approach to personal identity. Thus, for Plato, a person becomes immortal by avoiding reincarnation and securing for themselves psychological continuity forever.
Keywords Plato  Immortality  Soul
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DOI 10.1111/papq.12284
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