Is not what we call death a freeing and separation of soul from body?
Certainly, he said.
And the desire to free the soul is found chiefly, or rather only, in the true philosopher. In fact the philosopher’s occupation consists precisely in the freeing and separation of soul from body. Isn’t that so?
Well then, as I said at the beginning, if a man has trained himself throughout his life to live in a state as close as possible to death, would it not be ridiculous for him to be distressed when death comes to him?
It would, of course.
Then it is a fact, Simmias, that true philosophers make dying their profession, and that to them of all men, death is least alarming.
Do you not admit that death is the opposite of life?
And that they come from one another?
Then what comes from the living?
And what, asked Socrates, comes from the dead?
I must admit, he said, that it is the living.
So it is from the dead, Cebes, that living things and people come?
Then our souls do exist in the next world.
So it seems.
–from Plato’s Phaedo.
I guess Blanchot’s intervention would be to CTRL-F-Replace “philosopher” for “writer”