Ginnie Durkin

October 19, 2015


On page 105 in Plato’s Five Dialogues it states: “Will then a true lover of wisdom, who has a similar hope and knows that he will never find it to any extent except in Hades, be resentful of dying and not gladly undertake the journey thither?” This question intrigued me during the reading because prior to this question he uses pathos to connect the reader emotionally to the content in what he is saying. He says that he would be, “…willing to go to the underworld, driven by the hope of seeing there those for whose company they longed, and being with them”. He compares it to a man responding emotionally to the death of their loved ones in a very dark way back to the compassion of knowledge. This challenged my thinking and definition of a philosopher. In a textbook definition philosophia means: someone who loves wisdom. The top two paragraphs on page 105, made sense of how strong their love is for wisdom because they made the connections give the reader an immediate understanding of the emotion he was feeling. This changed my opinion on philosophy because I could relate to that sense of obsession or compassion that was described.