Well I’m not really finding any solid answers to the question of life, death, body and soul as I’d hope to easily accept in Plato’s Phaedo.
While it is very clear (as is Plato’s way) in explanation, I think that I still tend to force scientific principles upon philosophy, and therefore approach it with an attitude of disbelief until proven, and the logic that forms Socrates discussion of the "proven" existence of a soul falls a bit short, at least to my mind.
"Very well then," said Socrates, we must ask ourselves what sorts of things properly undergo this; I mean, what sorts of things are dissolved and scattered, for what sorts we must fear such an end, and for what, not? Next we must consider which sort the soul belongs to. We shall know then whether to be confident or fearful for our own soul." (p. 482)
From here Socrates "proves" that that which is unchanging cannot be seen, such as the soul, versus that which changes, such as the body, that can be seen. Beauty and justice and purity is not seen or felt by the senses, but rather known by the mind, and therefore belongs to the soul. Then we come to mortal (changing, body) versus the ever existing (unchanging, soul) that cannot be seen.
It is difficult here to summarize this section but worse, I swear, to type it all out word for word so you may readily disagree with me that this form of logical process of thought to me, doesn’t exactly "prove" anything. Not that it has to, I understand; but it should form a theory that isn’t based on necessary explicit assumptions along the line of "if all redheads have green eyes, and Jane is a redhead…"
I truly need to take a course in Philosophy so that this is more immediately open to discussion and therefore, my own sad attempts at understanding and poking holes in Plato’s theories can be honestly and productively argued. I love studying philosophy, but I need to have some means of clarifying some points as they come up and be convinced of them. Otherwise, I tend to either reject a concept or not take it seriously enough. Either way, it does not have the impact of conviction.