Believing for Practical Reasons in Plato’s Gorgias_ _

Rhizomata 11 (1):105-125 (2023)
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Abstract

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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