Plato on Reincarnation

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This article discusses Plato's treatment of reincarnation in his book, The Republic.

Submitted: April 16, 2016

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In Plato's Republic, Plato presents the story of  Er, the final chapter.Plato tells us, on the lips of Socrates that Er was a warrior who seemed to have died in battle, but really had a Near Death Experience, and came back to life after several days.  While Er was on the other side in the Spirit World he was given an account by one of those in charge, of how the Spirit World works.  First, Plato was told that each person that has died or passed away, spends a certain amount of time in the Spirit World in what we would call, Heaven Purgatory, or Hell.   The system is a justice based system where those who have helped others and have been good persons, go to Heaven.   Those who have intentionally hurt others and have chosen to be evil, end up in Hell.  Those who have lived ordinary lives go to Purgatory.   Plato tells us that after awhile it is time for each person to reincarnate and return to earth for another life.  But, surpisingly, Plato tells us that the persons who go to Purgatory are best prepared for their next lives on Earth.Generally speaking, those from Purgatory get the best lives, those from Heaven, second best, and those from Hell, the worst lives.  Plato also cautions us to take our time in choosing a life on Earth.For example, once a person in Purgatory rushed and chose a life  as a King, but did not realize that the life plan of that King was to murder his children.On the brighter side, if you choose wisely you can have a life which is better than the one you have just lived on Earth.Plato also suggests that somehow the person who chooses to study philosophy will receive a better life.








 


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