Gorgias

ISBN-10: 0801485274

ISBN-13: 9780801485275

Edition: 1998 (Reprint)

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Description: The Gorgias is a vivid introduction to central problems of moral and political philosophy. In answer to an eloquent attack on morality as conspiration of the weak against the strong, Plato develops his own doctrine, insisting that the benefits of being moral always outweigh any benefits to bewon from immorality. He applies his views to such questions as the errors of democracy, the role of the political expert in society, and the justification of punishment.In the notes to this translation, Professor Irwin discusses the historical and social context of the dialogue, expounds and criticizes the arguments, and tries above all to suggest the questions a modern reader ought to raise about Plato's doctrines.

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List price: $13.95
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publication date: 9/11/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 168
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

Plato was born c. 427 B.C. in Athens, Greece, to an aristocratic family very much involved in political government. Pericles, famous ruler of Athens during its golden age, was Plato's step-father. Plato was well educated and studied under Socrates, with whom he developed a close friendship. When Socrates was publically executed in 399 B.C., Plato finally distanced himself from a career in Athenian politics, instead becoming one of the greatest philosophers of Western civilization. Plato extended Socrates's inquiries to his students, one of the most famous being Aristotle. Plato's The Republic is an enduring work, discussing justice, the importance of education, and the qualities needed for rulers to succeed. Plato felt governors must be philosophers so they may govern wisely and effectively. Plato founded the Academy, an educational institution dedicated to pursuing philosophic truth. The Academy lasted well into the 6th century A.D., and is the model for all western universities. Its formation is along the lines Plato laid out in The Republic. Many of Plato's essays and writings survive to this day. Plato died in 347 B.C. at the age of 80.

Nichols is Professor of Government at Claremont Mckenna College.

Acknowledgements
Reference System Used in this Edition
Chronology
Introduction
Further Reading
A Note on the Text
Dialogue With Gorgias
Dialogue With Polus
Dialogue With Callicles
Notes
Glossary of Greek Terms
Index
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