Classical Philology 106:187-207 (2011)

Clerk Shaw
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
This paper argues that Socrates does not claim to be a political expert at Gorgias 521d6-8, as many scholars say. Still, Socrates does claim a special grasp of true politics. His special grasp (i) results from divine dispensation; (ii) is coherent true belief about politics; and (iii) also is Socratic wisdom about his own epistemic shortcomings. This condition falls short of expertise in two ways: Socrates sometimes lacks fully determinate answers to political questions, and he does not grasp the first principles of politics.
Keywords Socrates  politics  craft  virtue  knowledge  Gorgias  soul  daimonion
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