Plato's Gorgias and the power of Λόγος

Duke, George 2018, Plato's Gorgias and the power of Λόγος, Archiv für geschichte der philosophie, vol. 100, no. 1, pp. 1-18, doi: 10.1515/agph-2018-0001.

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Title Plato's Gorgias and the power of Λόγος
Alternative title Plato's Gorgias and the power of Logos
Author(s) Duke, GeorgeORCID iD for Duke, George orcid.org/0000-0002-0258-456X
Journal name Archiv für geschichte der philosophie
Volume number 100
Issue number 1
Start page 1
End page 18
Total pages 18
Publisher De Gruyter
Place of publication Berlin, Germany
Publication date 2018
ISSN 0003-9101
Keyword(s) philosophy
Plato
Gorgias
Λόγος
justice
rhetoric
political domain
power
Summary Abstract: Recent interpretations of the opening exchange between Socrates and Gorgias in Plato’s Gorgias have tended to focus on the question of whether the rhetorician believes that justice and injustice are the subject matter of rhetoric. This paper argues that Gorgias is interested in the just and the unjust only insofaras being a persuasive speaker on these topics is a prerequisite for the successful exercise of power in the political domain. Although Gorgias’ orientation by power and overestimation of the power of speech have been noted by many interpreters, my intention is to clarify Gorgias’ claims for the power of rhetoric and explain the significance of these claims for one important aspect of Plato’s broader condemnationof sophistry.
Language eng
DOI 10.1515/agph-2018-0001
Field of Research 220210 History of Philosophy
2202 History And Philosophy Of Specific Fields
2203 Philosophy
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©[2018, De Gruyter]
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30105822

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Humanities and Social Sciences
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