Plato's Phaedrus - Philosophy as a Way of Life

The Phaedrus makes it clear that Plato’s philosophy is not an abstract, bloodless reflection on idealized otherworldly entities incomprehensible to and beyond the concern of most—an elitist vision that has come to us today through the interpretive lens of later Christianity. Rather, Plato’s pagan vision is a very worldly vision of what it means to live a life of the highest and best kind possible for a human being, here and now, in this world, challenging superstitious, mythopoetic versions of reality and prejudice of every kind; questioning authority and not taking the given for granted; and, above all seeking the true, the beautiful and the good everywhere in all things and at all times in this world of becoming, living a life oriented in this way toward virtue and our final end…to be one with the true and the beautiful and the good forever…