Plato "Gorgias" rdg questions

Plato "Gorgias" rdg questions -...

Info icon This preview shows pages 1–2. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Rhetorical Foundations COMM 3300 Reading Questions 6: Plato This early dialogue is divided into three sections, each of which has Socrates dialectically engaged with a different interlocutor. The first (447-460) involves the famed Gorgias himself; the second (461-480) with his student Polus; and the third (481-527) with Callicles, who aspires to a prominent place in Athenian public life. Note overall Socrates’ apparent commitment to pursuing philosophical truth through dialogue as against others’ commitments to rhetoric and public life. 1. What view of Gorgias and his student Polus emerges from the first two sections (447- 448) of the dialogue? Socrates and Chaerephon are interrogating Gorgias and Polus by questioning what Gorgias should call himself – what art Gorgias is skilled in. Polus responds by claiming, “Gorgias is one of the best (persons in the best arts), and the art in which he is a proficient is the noblest” [448]. Socrates responds by saying that Polus’ response is more rhetoric than dialectic in that he has made a “capital speech” meaning that he has made a rhetorical response that did not even address the question itself and instead made a response as if he was defending a position rather than addressing the question and defining what Gorgias’ profession was. It appears as though
Image of page 1

Info icon This preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Image of page 2
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

{[ snackBarMessage ]}

What students are saying

  • Left Quote Icon

    As a current student on this bumpy collegiate pathway, I stumbled upon Course Hero, where I can find study resources for nearly all my courses, get online help from tutors 24/7, and even share my old projects, papers, and lecture notes with other students.

    Student Picture

    Kiran Temple University Fox School of Business ‘17, Course Hero Intern

  • Left Quote Icon

    I cannot even describe how much Course Hero helped me this summer. It’s truly become something I can always rely on and help me. In the end, I was not only able to survive summer classes, but I was able to thrive thanks to Course Hero.

    Student Picture

    Dana University of Pennsylvania ‘17, Course Hero Intern

  • Left Quote Icon

    The ability to access any university’s resources through Course Hero proved invaluable in my case. I was behind on Tulane coursework and actually used UCLA’s materials to help me move forward and get everything together on time.

    Student Picture

    Jill Tulane University ‘16, Course Hero Intern