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Philosophica: International Journal for the History of Philosophy

Volume 1, Issue 2, November 1993

António Pedro Mesquita
Pages 31-42

O Argumento Ontológico em Platão
(I) O Problema da Imortalidade

This article, The ontological argument in Plato: (I) the problem of immortality, discusses the interpretation of Socrates’ last demonstration of the immortality of the soul in the Phaedo as an ”ontological argument” and tries to refute this interpretation through an examination of the concept of immortality in Plato and its implications on the central relation soul/life. At the same time, it argues that the ontological argument should be seen as the very back-bone of Plato’s ontology, a point of view which will be developed in a forthcoming paper.