Gorgias (Plato)


Plato’s Gorgias is set up, from the beginning, to have an atmosphere of agon. The Socratic persona presented in the Gorgias is unlike any of the dialogues. Socrates is conceited, contradictory, and undefined in his language. In the end, the underlying dramatic elements of agon play themselves out as Socrates undermines his own conclusion to prove the flaws in rhetoric. Teasing out the language forms and other structural concerns show the layers of meaning embedded within the Gorgias.

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