‘I believe that I am one of the few Athenians … who studies the genuine art of statesmanship’
Taking the form of a dialogue among Socrates, Gorgias, Polus, and Callicles, the "Gorgias" debates crucial
questions about the nature of government. While the aspiring politician Callicles propounds the view that might is right, and the rhetorician Gorgias argues that oratory and the power to persuade represent athe greatest good, a Socrates insists on the duty of politicians to consider the welfare of their citizensaa duty he believed had been dishonored in the Athens of his time. The dialogue offers fascinating insights into how classical Athens was governed and creates a theoretical framework that has been highly influential on subsequent political debate.
About The Author
Plato c. 427 – 347 BC is said to have played a fundamental role in shaping the intellectual tradition of the West. Taught by Socrates and teacher of Aristotle, Plato was part of a lineage of the key thinkers of the Western world.
Although born of a family prominent in Athenian politics, Plato sought to find solutions to the problems of society through philosophical thought as opposed to political. His focus was on ethics, metaphysics and the understanding of reality. He also concentrated on studies of how to achieve the ideal society and of human emotion and love. Plato travelled to Italy and Egypt and studied with students of Pythagorus before founding the Academy in Athens. The Academy was the first permanent institution dedicated to philosophical research and teaching and was to be the prototype for all future Western universities.
Plato published 20 dialogues in his lifetime and his masterpiece was The Republic, written around 375 BC.
'If any books change the world, Republic has a good claim to first place' Simon Blackburn, Guardian
Series: Penguin Classics
For Ages: 18+ years old
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: April 2004
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 12.9
Weight (kg): 0.16
Edition Number: 1