Plato Writing Styles in Gorgias

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Points of View:

The main points of view in Gorgias involve perceptions on power, good and evil, and philosophy. The two conflicting points of view whether power can justify wrong is represented by Callicles and Socrates. Those in power are often excused for doing wrong and considered immune from harm. Callicles regards power as part of a natural order due to natural advantage of those who are stronger. Socrates has a completely different view of power, distinguishing between power gained through evil or good. Evil ways leads to wretchedness regardless of the amount of power one has, while power should only be used for self-control rather than control others.

Socrates also considers it necessary to distinguish between good and evil as pleasure may be mistakenly associated with what is good. Not all pleasures are good, while some pains may be beneficial and good. For Callicles, the fulfillment of...

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