In Our Time (BBC 4) Discusses PLATO’S Gorgias Dialogue – Rhetoric Contends With Truth

What is the nature of rhetoric? Does persuasion seek flattery and gratification of the audience, often at the cost of the truth? Plato, who experienced tyranny and the unjust death sentence of his teacher Socrates, examines in the GORGIAS dialogue whether those who seek to win arguments… risk losing their souls. And is PHILOSOPHY (literally – love of wisdom) a different animal, perhaps a different monster of art, that can offer argument while keeping souls in play?

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