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The Unity of Plato's 'Gorgias'
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  • Page extent: 200 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.47 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 170
  • Dewey version: 22
  • LC Classification: B371 .S73 2006
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Plato.--Gorgias
    • Justice (Philosophy)
    • Rhetoric--Philosophy

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 (ISBN-13: 9780521858472 | ISBN-10: 052185847X)

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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.


Introduction; 1. Examining the master of rhetoric; 2. Polus and the dispute about justice; 3. The confrontation between Socrates and Callicles; 4. Socrates' situation and the rehabilitation of rhetoric; Conclusion: a final reflection on noble rhetoric.


" excellent test-stone for any rhetorician who studies Plato's dialogues." - Michael Svoboda, George Washington University

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