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Gorgias

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By: (c. 428 BC - c. 347 BC)

In "Gorgias," Plato delves into the nature of rhetoric, knowledge, and morality through thoughtful and animated dialogues between the characters. The philosophical discussions on the power and purpose of language, the struggle between knowledge and opinion, and the significance of leading a virtuous life are provocative and timeless. Through the character of Socrates, Plato explores the complexities of truth and persuasion, challenging readers to question their beliefs and values. While some may find the dense and abstract arguments difficult to follow, the overall message of seeking wisdom and living a just life shines through. "Gorgias" is a thought-provoking and engaging read that continues to be relevant in today's society.

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This dialogue brings Socrates face to face with the famous sophist Gorgias and his followers. It is a work likely completed around the time of "Republic" and illuminates many of the spiritual ideas of Plato. The spirituality, as Jowett points out in his wonderful introduction, has many ideas akin to Christianity, but is more generous as it reserves damnation only for the tyrants of the world. Some of the truths of Socrates, as presented by Plato, shine forth in this wonderful work on sophistry and other forms of persuasion or cookery.


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