Believing for Practical Reasons in Plato’s Gorgias_ _

Rhizomata 11 (1):105-125 (2023)
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In Plato’s Gorgias, Socrates says to Callicles that “your love of the people, existing in your soul, stands against me, but if we closely examine these same matters often and in a better way, you will be persuaded” (513c7–d1). I argue for an interpretation that explains how Socrates understands Callicles’s love of the people to stand against him and why he believes examination often and in a better way will persuade Callicles.

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Thomas Blackson
Arizona State University


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