Gorgias

Gorgias

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by Plato
     
 

ISBN-10: 1438501811

ISBN-13: 9781438501819

Pub. Date: 10/22/2008

Publisher: Standard Publications, Incorporated

Taking the form of a dialogue between Socrates, Gorgias, Polus and Callicles, the Gorgias debates crucial questions about the nature of government. While the aspiring politician Callicles propounds the view that might is right, and the rhetorician Gorgias argues that oratory and the power to persuade represent 'the greatest good', Socrates insists on the duty of…  See more details below

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Taking the form of a dialogue between Socrates, Gorgias, Polus and Callicles, the Gorgias debates crucial questions about the nature of government. While the aspiring politician Callicles propounds the view that might is right, and the rhetorician Gorgias argues that oratory and the power to persuade represent 'the greatest good', Socrates insists on the duty of politicians to consider the welfare of their citizens -- a duty he believed had been dishonoured in the Athens of his time. The dialogue offers fascinating insights into how classical Athens was governed, as well as creating a theoretical framework that has been highly influential on subsequent political debate.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781438501819
Publisher:
Standard Publications, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/22/2008
Pages:
156
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.33(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsvii
Reference System Used in this Editionix
Chronologyxi
Introductionxiii
Further Readingxxxviii
A Note on the Textxliii
ADialogue With Gorgias3
BDialogue With Polus27
CDialogue With Callicles64
Notes139
Glossary of Greek Terms151
Index153

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