Skip navigation
Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/dsp0144558h43f
Title: Power and Vulnerability: Plato’s Gorgias in Context
Authors: Walling, Ian
Advisors: Lane, Melissa
Contributors: Politics Department
Keywords: Criticism
Gorgias
Plato
Politics
Power
Rhetoric
Subjects: Philosophy
Political science
Classical studies
Issue Date: 2021
Publisher: Princeton, NJ : Princeton University
Abstract: Abstract:This dissertation argues that the central theme of Plato’s Gorgias is the relationship between power and the good life. By examining the connections of Plato’s Gorgias with the writings of the historical sophist Gorgias of Leontini, and by developing a novel account of Plato’s approach to social criticism it generates new interpretations of the treatment of rhetoric, power, and the good in the dialogue. I show that the core error of the arguments presented by Gorgias, Polus, and Callicles was to conflate a controlling form of power with the ability to advance our real interests. After reconstructing Socrates’s criticisms of this mistake I conclude by analyzing the role of vulnerability in the relationships Socrates’s takes to be integral in developing moral virtue.
URI: http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/dsp0144558h43f
Alternate format: The Mudd Manuscript Library retains one bound copy of each dissertation. Search for these copies in the library's main catalog: catalog.princeton.edu
Type of Material: Academic dissertations (Ph.D.)
Language: en
Appears in Collections:Politics

Files in This Item:
This content is embargoed until 2023-09-30. For questions about theses and dissertations, please contact the Mudd Manuscript Library. For questions about research datasets, as well as other inquiries, please contact the DataSpace curators.


Items in Dataspace are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.