Present, in your own words, the argument Socrates gives for the immortality of the soul in Meno, and explain how it differs from the corresponding argument (also involving recollection) in Phaedo. Next, provide at least one criticism of one of these arguments, being sure to justify your claims with reasons. Is the other version of the argument susceptible to your criticism(s)? Why or why not?

  • Your final paper should not have your name appear anywhere on it.SafeAssign will anonymize the papers automatically but keep track of whose paper is whose.
  • The citations (including those of Plato) in your paper should be properly referenced.
  • You do not need to refer to any secondary literature for this assignment, but you can if you wish. If you do, be sure to list anything you have consulted in your Bibliography or “Works Cited” list. For the purposes of this paper anything that has been said in class is common property – you can use ideas that I or others have raised in class without citation.
  • I expect that you will use the content of your short paper in this assignment. But be sure to revise it, in order to both improve it and make it appropriate to answering this specific question.
  • The final part of the question asks you to argue against what Socrates is claiming. This should be substantial, at least a page in length. How then to go about it? You are trying to convince your reader that there are problems with aspects of Socrates’ argument, and there are better and worse ways to do this. Saying things like “In my opinion Socrates’ argument is wrong because it makes no sense” or “…because I don’t like it” or “…because it’s stupid” is unconvincing. Better is to argue that Socrates is wrong in one of the claims, inferences, or assumptions he makes. Even if you can’t show that his claims are wrong, it is often enough to show why they’re unjustified or questionable (i.e., why it may well be wrong, even if you can’t fully demonstrate it).


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