Chapter I (447-457)
• Socrates, Gorgias, and Polus meet because Socrates wishes to learn the art of rhetoric from Gorgias.
• Socrates questions Gorgias about rhetoric to draw from him both explanation and example of rhetoric.
• Gorgias explains that rhetoric is intended to speak and comprehend but it cannot impart knowledge because there is no manual labor involved.
• The philosophers discuss how rhetoric is used in the arts and sciences and how rhetoric can benefit humanity and society by giving politicians the ability of persuasion.
• Gorgias and Socrates discuss that there can be false or true belief but not false or true knowledge
• Gorgias explains rhetoric involves only belief without instruction; in persuasion, one is not teaching but changing opinion.
• Gorgias explains that the power of rhetoric influences everything because of its aid to persuasion.
• Gorgias stresses that the power of persuasion should only be used for good not evil...
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