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A dramatization of Plato's dialogue in modern English. Plato's Gorgias treats many of the fundamental issues in human life, including the nature of goodness, how to lead a good life, the proper place of pleasure and pain in ethical thinking, the role of the ruler in the social and political realm, and the proper use of punishment. The dialogue begins with a discussion between Socrates and Gorgias about the nature and proper function of rhetoric, and it ends with a vision of what awaits us after death.
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Plato himself intended these works to be performed, not as the end but the beginning of the dialectical process that lies at the heart of philosophy. I have used these tapes in my own teaching in undergraduate, graduate, and executive education, and find that they help the students understand the ideas and concepts more quickly and deeply. I ask them to listen to the tapes before coming to class. This makes it easier to explicate the texts and discuss the issues they pose.From the Back Cover:
If you're serious, and what you say is true, wouldn't that turn human life upside down? Gorgias of Leontini, a famous teacher of rhetoric, has come to Athens to recruit students, promising to teach them how to become leaders in politics and business. A group has gathered at Callicles' house to hear Gorgias demonstrate the power of his art. This dialogue blends comic and serious discussion of the best life, providing a penetrating examination of ethics. Is it better to suffer evil or to do evil? Is it better to do something wrong and avoid being caught or to be caught and punished? Is pleasure the same as goodness? As the characters in the dialogue pursue these questions, the foundations of ethics and the nature of the good life come to light. Gorgias was written not only for the 4th century B.C. but for all time.
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