Socrates And Athenian Society In His Day

Paperback | October 12, 2012

byAlfred Denis Godley

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1896 edition. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER IV THE BETTER TEACHERS OF THE TIME: GORGIAS AND PROTAGORAS As Xenophon says, it was Socrates' principal desire to investigate the real meaning of words K/, and the real nature of things; for which purpose he would naturally appeal if possible to the chief exponent of whatever subject was for the moment under inquiry. So, in the dialogue called Gorgias, the original theme of discussion is Rhetoric, and the individual to whom Socrates' first inquiries are addressed is the foremost living teacher of Rhetoric--Gorgias, a distinguished Sicilian professor of eloquence, himself not only a theorist but a practical speaker, whose name is mentioned in connection with contemporary politics. This person belongs to the maligned class of " sophists," but Plato describes him without any apparent animus against himself individually. His only fault appears to be that he has, naturally enough, too thorough a belief in his own trade,--there is nothing, he thinks, like rhetoric,--and that he is unprepared and therefore unable to cope with Socrates' dialectic when the latter goes back to first principles and questions the utility of professional eloquence. One may imagine that Gorgias considered the whole discussion rather futile, and thought Socrates merely a somewhat tiresome, unpractical person, inconveniently skilful in argument of a certain kind. He himself is a respectable figure enough; only, according to Plato, he appears to less advantage in dialectic than in monologue, and is unable to resist the conclusions forced upon him by Socrates. Gorgias asserts the obvious truth that rhetoric is a good thing, but may be used for bad ends. Socrates proves--or argues in such a way that Gorgias cannot refute it--that the perfect rhetorician can have...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1896 edition. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER IV THE BETTER TEACHERS OF THE TIME: GORGIAS AND PROTAGORAS As Xenophon says, it was Socrates' principa...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:46 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.1 inPublished:October 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217998127

ISBN - 13:9780217998123

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