The Philosophical Life In Plato’s ‘Apology’

In Plato’s Apology, Socrates asserts that if the jury were to let him off on the condition that he stop philosophizing, he would nevertheless disobey the order and continue philosophizing.  Socrates maintains this position because he believes that virtue and care of the soul should be one’s primary concern in life.  Socrates claims that “the…

‘The Defense of Palamedes’ — A Rhetorical Analysis

Plato defined rhetoric, along with its chief proponent, Gorgias, as a shadow discipline, or ‘experiential knack’ (Gorgias, 463c), that is a phantom counterpart to philosophy. In this paper, though, I will look at Gorgias and sophistical argumentation without Plato’s prejudicial lens. This is not a paper about what constitutes sophistry or rhetoric in contrast to…