A passage that caught my attention in the reading of Plato’s Phaedo was when Socrates describes to Cebes how he was keen on the wisdom of natural science.

The context of this passage involves Cebes talking to Socrates, who is currently in jail and about to be killed.  They are both discussing the topic of how strong the soul of a person really is when Cebes brings up the topic of Simmias talk of his difficulties.  Socrates then describes to Cebes about his younger days when he thought that the natural sciences knew the causes of everything, including why things come to be, why they perish, and also why they even exist in the first place.  One key question Socrates brings up in his talk about his childhood thoughts was, “are living creatures nurtured when heat and cold produce a kind of putrefaction? This is key, because it delves deeper in Socrates’ thoughts leading him to realize he had no natural aptitude for his ongoing investigation.  He then proceeds to explain to Cebes how he had come up with his own method for his investigation as the older one was still very confusing to him.

This passage caught my attention, because it was interesting to read about how Socrates went into the investigation of why things came to be and why they perished as this is something that happens in everyday life making the investigation easy to relate to.

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