- Plato's Phaedo is often read as an "ode to death," with the philosopher's task being to live his (or her, but in this case his) life such that death will be welcome. The soul will be liberated and the body will no longer be a hindrance to the knowledge the soul desires. This view, though transformed in a variety of ways, culminates in Martin Heidegger's philosophy (especially in Sein und Zeit), where being-toward-death (namely, my own death) is the anxiety that shapes my life. 2004 by Indiana University Press. All rights reserved.