Here is the link for the excerpt from Plato's Phaedo. The traditional way of referring to Plato's works is to use the page numbers come from the Henri Estienne's 1578 edition of the works of Plato ("63b" means page 63, second column). I'd like you to read from 63b to 85e. Your browser will load the complete text of the dialogue, and the link takes you to the beginning of the assignment. (The end of the assignment is the silence after Socrates speaks at 85e.)
Socrates had been tried and sentenced to death by the Athenians, on charges of impiety and corrupting the youth of Athens. He was imprisoned andin spite of his followers' urging to leave Athenshe was executed in 399 BCE. The Phaedo is an account of Socrates' last day. His followers visit him to say their goodbyes. As is usual for Socrates, a philosophical discussion brews up regarding the soul and the afterlife. In the sections I am asking you to read, Socrates promotes the idea of an immortal soul, not exactly through "proofs" but through an appeal to our general sense of things. He also indicates what he thinks it means to "practice philosophy aright."