Texas Tech University


Publication Date: 1475

Plato's Gorgias consists of dramatic dialogues concerning rhetoric between Socrates and three individuals: Gorgias, Polus, and Callicles. In the first conversation, Gorgias admits that rhetoric is a set of verbal tricks that are learned and used for advantage but that offer no insight into ultimate truth. In the second conversation, Polus is forced to conclude that rhetoric is not an art but a form of flattery. In the third and final conversation, Callicles and Socrates eventually agree on the meaning of the "good life," specifically that what matters most is how you are judged as a person when you die. Plato sets up for a definition of the arts that lies behind today's institutions of higher learning. Medicine and law are arts-forming parts of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences-because they can be learned through training and a system of rules. Whereas rhetoric, cookery, make-up are not, be because some people are naturally good at them. #0686





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