Plato's understanding of the Body and Soul

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What are the differences between the body and the soul?
The body is made up of physical matter and is part of the physical world, it is always changing. The soul is immaterial and belongs to the world of the Forms, it is immortal and unchanging..
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What is more important, the soul or the body?
The soul is the more important of the two
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What does the body allow us to do?
The body is physical and allows us to communicate with each-other, it forms our outwards appearance.
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What can we achieve through our bodies senses?
We can form opinions about the visible world
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The visible world is constantly changing. Why is this bad?
This means that the visible world isn't truly real, it cannot access the realm of forms and therefore can never gasp the real truth.
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Where did the soul come from?
The soul came from the world of Forms before it was implanted in the body, it will return there when the body dies.
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What did the soul gain from the Form of the Good?
The soul gained true knowledge from the Form of the Good, which is the source of full understanding. The soul remembers what it learnt in the Form of the Good.
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Where does the mind lie?
The mind comes in-between the body and soul, through reason it can access the soul but it is also aware of the information provided from the senses.
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What did Plato have to say about the body?
"The body is the source of endless trouble...it fills us full of loves and lusts and fears of all kinds.. and takes away from us all power of thinking at all.
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