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32 Plato 1 - Platos Gorgias What are Right and Wrong How...

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Plato’s Gorgias: What are Right and Wrong? How ought we to live? Contest! Why dialogues? o Means conversation o Why didn’t he write books of philosophy like Aristotle? He distrusts education that comes through writing and reading. Socrates (as Plato) is very skeptical. They can not change their content and if the reader misunderstands something, the book can not tell you that. The book is mute. Unless you have someone to talk to back and forth, there is no guarantee that you are following errors peculiar to yourself. There is no way to check who is right. Work out defensible definitions of important things by getting one other person to agree to an argument. Sometimes he never got to a firm definition. You’ll atleast not go into your own world. o Throughout his careers, he taught by discussion. Only can knowledge be passed like this. o If he had a skepticism about writing texts, why did he write his dialogues? He is not trying to teach specific doctrines, but to give us conversations that do not even reach a result.
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