A friendly companion to Plato's Gorgias by George Kimball Plochmann

By George Kimball Plochmann

A finished examine of “one of the main elusive and refined” of the entire Platonic dialogues. The Gorgias starts off with a dialogue of the character and price of rhetoric and develops into an impassioned argument for the primacy of absolute correct (as expressed by way of sense of right and wrong) within the law of either private and non-private existence. Plochmann and Robinson heavily research this nice discussion within the first two-thirds in their ebook, delivering the ultimate 4 chapters to a broader dialogue of its team spirit, sweep, and philosophic implications.

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3. Equations and inequations of Callicles and Socrates. 4. Six pairs of contrary terms introduced by Socrates. 5. Counterexample to Socrates' six pairs of contrary terms. 1. Gratifications and forms contrasted. 1. Proportions of weak and strong. 2. Proportion of doing to undergoing injustice. 3. Summary of the Socratic argument. 1. Summary of the chief stages of the myth. 1. Art and pandering as allied with levels of the Divided Oblong. 1. Simplified diagram of the Divided Oblong. 2. Result of Callicles' inversion of the Divided Oblong.

But from the standpoint of his own thinking, it may well have been a starting-point already adopted well before his conversation with the young rhetor began. One finds, however, a self-reflexiveness at a lower epistemic level in the fact that the dialogue's theories of rhetoric are themselves couched in rhetorical terms, of which praise is at first the chief ingredient. 19 On the other side (and appearing much later in the dialogue), the superiority of the philosopher to the rhetor is established by philosophic means, or means as close to true dialectic as is possible under difficult circumstances.

Images used by Callicles and Socrates in examining pleasure. 3. Equations and inequations of Callicles and Socrates. 4. Six pairs of contrary terms introduced by Socrates. 5. Counterexample to Socrates' six pairs of contrary terms. 1. Gratifications and forms contrasted. 1. Proportions of weak and strong. 2. Proportion of doing to undergoing injustice. 3. Summary of the Socratic argument. 1. Summary of the chief stages of the myth. 1. Art and pandering as allied with levels of the Divided Oblong.

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