Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

Colloquium 3

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this chapter

+ Tax (if applicable)

Chapter Summary

This chapter argues that Socrates employs rhetoric on Gorgias, Polus, and Callicles in the Gorgias. Moreover, in each conversation, Socrates distinguishes good from bad rhetoric, and he uses good rhetoric on his interlocutors. Socrates, the chapter maintains, believes that good rhetoric is a technê because it aims at the health of the soul. It defends the view that good rhetoric is a technê against the criticisms of Brickhouse and Smith, and Roochnik, as well as the fact that in the Gorgias Socrates does not turn his interlocutors to a life of philosophy. The chapter aims to show that Socrates extensively uses rhetoric in the Gorgias; in fact, it is reasonable to categorize a large part of what Socrates does in that dialogue as rhetorical.

Keywords:Brickhouse; Callicles; Gorgias; Polus; Socrates



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    Proceedings of the Boston Area Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation