RQ 5 Plato - Reading Questions 5: Plato 1. What view of...

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Reading Questions 5: Plato 1. What view of Gorgias and his student Polus emerges from the first two sections (447- 448) of the dialogue? Gorgias expresses that rhetoric pertains to discourse, and even though through rhetoric people can explain and understand things, it does not cover a every topic known to man. 2. Note the references to the length and style of answers given: what does this suggest about Plato/Socrates’ view of the best form of communicative inquiry? The answers and questions asked are very short and to the point. Perhaps this infers that the best form of communicative inquiry is one that does not “beat around the bush” so to speak, or dress itself with extra wording, but gets down to the basics very quickly. 3. What does Gorgias say about his art ( techne )? What definition does he offer? What is the object, end ( telos ), and nature of the art, in his view? Gorgias says that his art is that of a rhetorician, and that he is able to make other men rhetoricians, as well. Gorgias does not believe certain arts, such as statuary or painting, is
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This note was uploaded on 04/06/2008 for the course COMM 3300 taught by Professor Vogelaar,a during the Summer '08 term at Colorado.

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RQ 5 Plato - Reading Questions 5: Plato 1. What view of...

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