The Unity of Plato's Gorgias: Rhetoric, Justice, and the Philosophic Life

Cambridge University Press (2006)
Devin Stauffer demonstrates the complex unity of Plato's Gorgias, through a careful analysis of the dialogue's three main sections, including Socrates' famous argumentative duel with Callicles, a passionate critic of justice and philosophy. He reveals how the seemingly disparate themes of rhetoric, justice, and the philosophic life are woven together into a coherent whole. Stauffer's interpretation of the Gorgias sheds new light on Plato's thought, indicating that Plato and Socrates had a more favorable view of rhetoric than is supposed, and challenges some of Socrates' most famous claims about justice.
Keywords Justice (Philosophy  Rhetoric Philosophy
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Call number B371.S73 2006
ISBN(s) 0521108322   052185847X   9780521858472
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