Misanthropy and Misology: The Hatred of Mankind and the Hatred of Rational Discourse – a short reading from Plato’s Phaedo

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“For as there are misanthropists or haters of men, there are also misologists or haters of ideas, and both spring from the same cause, which is ignorance of the world.” Introduction In 399 B.C., Socrates was sentenced to death after being found guilty of impiety and corrupting the youth. The Phaedo, written by Plato, is an account of Socrates’ last hours and his death in the jail at Athens. Socrates spends his final hours discussing the nature of the soul, the relationship between the soul and the body, and the …