Plato, Gorgias (c. 380BCE)
Edition used: Hackett
Public domain version: Wikisource
Faculty: Christina Hendricks
Lecture Title: “Remodeling the Soul”
Lecture date: September 23, 2013
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- Discuss the relation between fiction and truth in Plato’s Gorgias.
- Using Plato’s own criteria from Gorgias, what distinguishes a work of philosophy from a purely fictional story, and does the Gorgias itself fulfill the criteria for a philosophical work?
- Why, in your view, does Plato use a dialogue between characters to make his arguments in Gorgias?
- Is Plato better characterized as a philosopher, or as an orator, given what he says in Gorgias?
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