Plato "Gorgias" rdg questions

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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 Socrates is viewing Gorgias and Polus as using rhetoric as an art instead of rhetoric as a means of
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This note was uploaded on 03/18/2009 for the course COMM 3300 taught by Professor Vogelaar,a during the Summer '08 term at Colorado.

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