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1 Ally Snyder Amanda Thompson Natalie Kiss Megan Michels Gorgias discussion paper During our group discussion, we discussed several different aspects of the dialogue Gorgias . Some of the major themes we elaborated on were that rhetoric does not “instruct” large audiences but only leads them to belief without “certainty”, and rhetoric is an art of gratification. Understanding that rhetoric does not “instruct” a large audience but persuades or convinces the audience is what the rhetorician focuses on. The debate involves whether argument is persuading vs. convincing. Another major theme is the concept that rhetoric is an art of gratification. We discussed several examples of gratification as well as counter arguments of why gratification is not a true art of knowledge. Our objective is to explain that everything is relative. There are no absolute truths, but different truths for different situations. Our group first chose to discuss Socrates’ claim that rhetoric is not meant to teach audiences about a subject, but rather persuade them to believe something that they are not certain of. Socrates believes this is possible because rhetoric is directed towards uninformed audiences who are willing to accept whatever they hear as true. We believe this assertion places undeserved negativity on the rhetorician. A rhetorician is not always
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