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Gorgias (Penguin Classics) (edition 2004)
Gorgias [Translation] by Plato (Author)
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Platon. Sämtliche Werke Bd. 1: Apologie des Sokrates, Kriton, Ion, Hippias II, Theages, Alkibiades I, Laches, Charmides, Euthyphron, Protagoras, Gorgias, Menon, Hippias I, Euthydemos, Menexenos. Übers. v. Friedrich Schleiermacher. by Plato
Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0140440941, Paperback)
Taking the form of a dialogue between Socrates, Gorgias, Polus and Callicles, GORGIAS debates perennial questions about the nature of government and those who aspire to public office.
Are high moral standards essential or should we give our preference to the pragmatist who gets things done or negotiates successfully? Should individuals be motivated by a desire for personal power and prestige, or genuine concern for the moral betterment of the citizens?
These questions go to the heart of Athenian democratic principles and are more relevant than ever in today's political climate.
(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:15:23 -0400)
"Taking the form of a dialogue between 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 'the greatest good', Socrates insists on the duty of politicians to consider the welfare of their citizens--a duty he believed had been dishonoured in the Athens of his time. The dialogue offers fascinating insights into how classical Athens was governed, as well as creating a theoretical framework that has been highly influential on subsequent political debate"--Cover, p. 4.
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An edition of this book was published by Penguin Australia.
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