PHIL 107 - Plato's Gorgias


A close reading of Plato’s Apology and Gorgias, with particular attention paid to the following issues: Socrates’ account of his method(s), Plato’s implicit critique of Socrates, the nature of philosophical conversation, what Plato intends the dramatic interaction of the characters in the Gorgias to tell us about moral psychology, the role of shame in the Gorgias and in ethics, Callicles’ radical skepticism about 'conventional' justice, Socrates'/Plato's proto-theory of the composite soul, Socrates' critique of Athenian politics.