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Plato's Ethics

Terence Irwin

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195086454
eISBN:
9780199833306
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195086457.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy

This book is an evolution of Plato’s Moral Theory where Irwin presented for the first time his personal interpretation of Plato’s ethics. The aim of this book is to demonstrate that Plato’s rejection ... More


Socratic Methods

James Doyle

in Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy: Volume 42

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199644384
eISBN:
9780191743344
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199644384.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy

It is generally supposed that what Socrates in Plato's Apology describes himself as having spent his life doing in obedience to a divine command (activity A), what Socrates has urged others to do ... More


Plato: Fallacy and Logic

Joshua Landy

in How to Do Things with Fictions

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780195188561
eISBN:
9780199949458
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195188561.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Plato’s character Socrates is clearly a sophisticated logician. Why then does he fall, at times, into the most elementary fallacies? It is, this chapter proposes, because the end goal for Plato is ... More


The Nature of Pleasure

J. C. B. Gosling and C. C. W. Taylor

in The Greeks On Pleasure

Published in print:
1982
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198246664
eISBN:
9780191681035
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198246664.003.0011
Subject:
Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

This chapter begins with a brief discussion of Plato's use of idioms. It then discusses his theoretical comments in the Protagoras, the Gorgias, the Republic, the Timaeus, and the Philebus. It argues ... More


Poetry in the light of Prose: Gorgias, Isocrates, Philodemus

Stephen Halliwell

in Between Ecstasy and Truth: Interpretations of Greek Poetics from Homer to Longinus

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199570560
eISBN:
9780191738753
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199570560.003.0006
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter considers three prose-writers each of whom, in his own way, evaluates poetry in relation to prose. Gorgias' Helen, itself a kind of prose-poem, makes poetry fully part of a larger realm ... More


Plato's Attack on Rhetoric

Brian Vickers

in In Defence of Rhetoric

Published in print:
1989
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198117919
eISBN:
9780191671128
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198117919.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

The very success of rhetoric was sometimes its own undoing. Rival disciplines challenged its eminence, and attacked its principles and methods. The most prominent attacks on rhetoric, from the ... More


Arts, Crafts, and the Production of Pleasure

Christopher Janaway

in Images of Excellence: Plato's Critique of the Arts

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780198237921
eISBN:
9780191597800
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198237928.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy

Argues that Plato has the beginnings of a conception of aesthetic pleasure, but that he does not use it to assign autonomous value to the arts. In his Gorgias, Plato argues that rhetoric and music ... More


Socrates’ Refutation of Gorgias: Gorgias 447 C–461 B

MARK L. McPHERRAN

in Virtue and Happiness: Essays in Honour of Julia Annas

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199646043
eISBN:
9780191743368
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199646043.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

The argumentation — both ‘rhetorical’ and otherwise — of Plato’s Gorgias opens early on with Socrates requesting that Chaerephon ask Gorgias “who he is” (447c-d), thus reminding savvy readers that ... More


The Argument of The Gorgias

Terence Irwin

in Plato's Ethics

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195086454
eISBN:
9780199833306
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195086457.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy

The purpose of chapter 7 is to outline the role played by the Gorgias in the development of Plato’s ethical views. To start with, the characteristics and the peculiarities of rhetoric are evaluated. ... More


Implications of The Gorgias

Terence Irwin

in Plato's Ethics

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195086454
eISBN:
9780199833306
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195086457.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy

Chapter 8 contains a detailed discussion of the consequences that may be inferred by the doctrines discussed in the Gorgias. The position of the Gorgias recalls that of the Protagoras. Then, it is ... More


Science and Sophistry

R. J. Hankinson

in Cause and Explanation in Ancient Greek Thought

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780199246564
eISBN:
9780191597572
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199246564.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy

In this chapter, Hankinson considers the treatment of causation and explanation in two important strands of Ancient Greek thought: rational medicine and the sophistic movement. The Hippocratic ... More


Socrates’ Case for the Sufficiency Thesis

Daniel C. Russell

in Happiness for Humans

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199583683
eISBN:
9780191745713
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199583683.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

This chapter begins the examination of the Stoics’ thesis that virtuous activity is sufficient for happiness, starting with its origins in several of Plato’s Socratic dialogues. It argues that ... More


Constructing the Dialogue: The Challenge of Plato

Elaine Fantham

in The Roman World of Cicero's De Oratore

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199263158
eISBN:
9780191718892
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199263158.003.0003
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval, Prose and Writers: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter focuses on Cicero's choice of Plato as a formal, literary model, in particular Plato's Republic, a dialogue concerned not with rhetoric but with the state and the education of the wise ... More


Discourse, Truth, and Friendship

John Finnis

in Reason in Action: Collected Essays Volume I

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780199580057
eISBN:
9780191729379
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199580057.003.0003
Subject:
Law, Philosophy of Law

This chapter presents an examination of Habermas's ‘Discourse Ethics’, originally read in his presence in 1998. The chapter proceeds with a close reflection on Plato's Gorgias, which demonstrates ... More


Passions and Persuasion in Aristotle's Rhetoric

Jamie Dow

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780198716266
eISBN:
9780191784996
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198716266.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

The principal claim is that for Aristotle arousing the passions of others can amount to giving them proper grounds for conviction. Hence a skill in doing so is properly part of rhetorical expertise. ... More


Wounding and Wisdom in Plato’s Gorgias

Marina Berzins McCoy

in Wounded Heroes: Vulnerability as a Virtue in Ancient Greek Literature and Philosophy

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199672783
eISBN:
9780191757327
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199672783.003.0004
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval, Ancient Greek, Roman, and Early Christian Philosophy

Chapter four focuses on the myth of judgement at the end of the Gorgias and its image of a wounded, unjust man. There Socrates uses a mythos and, in particular, the language of wounding to ... More


Greek Philosophy

THOMAS K. HUBBARD

in Homosexuality in Greece and Rome: A Sourcebook of Basic Documents

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520223813
eISBN:
9780520936508
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520223813.003.0006
Subject:
Classical Studies, Archaeology: Classical

This chapter discusses homosexuality in Greek philosophical texts. Same-gender love among males is a recurring topic in Greek philosophical discourse of the fourth century B.C.E. and later. Fragments ... More


“Confound Seriousness with Laughter”: On Monological and Dialogical Reading—the Gorgias

in Socrates & the Fat Rabbis

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226069166
eISBN:
9780226069180
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226069180.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

In Gorgias, one of Plato's main objectives is the very invention of rhetoric in order to set it up as the other of philosophy. This chapter explores two ways of reading Plato, one that takes fully ... More


Affect

Sean Alexander Gurd

in Dissonance: Auditory Aesthetics in Ancient Greece

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780823269655
eISBN:
9780823271870
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823269655.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics

The movement of sound across boundaries, and its ability to create extreme affect, is examined in Greek song and acoustic theory between Homer and the death of Euripides. Affect is defined after ... More


The Critique of Retribution: Gorgias

Lorraine Smith Pangle

in Virtue Is Knowledge: The Moral Foundations of Socratic Political Philosophy

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780226136547
eISBN:
9780226136684
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226136684.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy

This chapter begins with an analysis of Socrates’ entrapment of the rhetorician Gorgias, a discussion of Socrates’ interest in and use of rhetoric, and an assessment of Gorgias’ over-estimate of the ... More


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