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With a masterful sense of the place of rhetoric in both thought and practice and an ear attuned to the clarity, natural simplicity, and charm of Plato''s Greek prose, James H. Nichols, Jr., offers a precise yet unusually readable translation of one of the great Platonic dialogues on rhetoric.

The Gorgias presents an intransigent argument that justice is superior to injustice―to the extent that suffering an injustice is preferable to committing an unjust act. The dialogue contains some of Plato''s most significant and famous discussions of major political themes, and focuses dramatically and with unrivaled intensity on Socrates as a political thinker and actor.

Nichols''s attention to dramatic detail brings this dialogue to life. Plato''s striking variety in conversational address (names and various terms of relative warmth and coolness) is carefully reproduced, as is alteration in tone and implication even in the short responses. The translation renders references to the gods accurately and non-monotheistically for the first time, and includes a fascinating variety of oaths and invocations. Nichols believes that Plato''s thought on rhetoric has been largely misunderstood, and he uses his translation as an opportunity to reconstruct the classical position on right relations between thought and public activity.

About the Author

James H. Nichols, Jr., is Professor of Government at Claremont McKenna College. His published work includes a translation of Alexandre Kojeve''s Introduction to the Reading of Hegel, also from Cornell.

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Rhetoric and Dialectic
Reviewed in the United States on March 14, 2011
I give this book 5 stars just for the 2 commentaries that contained in here. The first essay discusses rhetoric and how it is being utilized in Gorgias and in Phedrus. The second essay (that comes after the translation) discusses the Gorgias itself in greater details. I... See more
I give this book 5 stars just for the 2 commentaries that contained in here. The first essay discusses rhetoric and how it is being utilized in Gorgias and in Phedrus. The second essay (that comes after the translation) discusses the Gorgias itself in greater details. I believe that if you are serious in studying Plato, you need to read the commentaries. Plato''s work is complex and multi dimensional, its essence cannot be understood on the first reading or by reading the text alone without the commentaries.
My interpretation of Gorgias which slightly differs from Nichols is the following:
While Nichols argues that in Gorgias Socrates attempts to find the best form or rhetorics to "persuade" the demos of Athens. I argue that in Gorgias, Socrates acknowledges that rhetoric is a necessary part of dialectic, even though it is not sufficient. Dialectic by itself is incapable of persuading people, rhetoric, however, because it lacks the true knowledge, only gives us beliefs. Socrates argument is that both rhetoric and dialectice are needed. He illustrates this in several places in which he relies on Gorgias to persuade Callices to continue with the argument. Without Gorgias (ie without rhetoric) the dialectic between Socrates and Callicles will end in an impasse. Rhetoric, after all is needed for dialectic to reach its conclusion.
Just like in the Republic, Gorgias ends with a myth, and not a logos.
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Marked-up like hell.
Reviewed in the United States on March 24, 2019
Description did not say the book was absolutely ruined by having every page marked-up like hell. It''s practically unreadable.
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Fascinating read
Reviewed in the United States on February 27, 2020
Powerful stuff. One of the best books on rhetoric I’ve ever read.
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Great book
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I love the binding on this edition. I had to get it to read for school and it is a beautiful copy.
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A great translation
Reviewed in the United States on October 11, 2002
Nichols'' translation of Gorgias is indeed impressive. I have heard and read other translations of Gorgias- but the word choice of those other translation is too unadmirable(like "knack"-a word that is not fitted with Platonic dialogues). Nichols keeps consistent... See more
Nichols'' translation of Gorgias is indeed impressive. I have heard and read other translations of Gorgias- but the word choice of those other translation is too unadmirable(like "knack"-a word that is not fitted with Platonic dialogues). Nichols keeps consistent and easily understandable words. He doesn''t go about saying "smart" words- unlike others who seem to try and exhaust their vocab. before they finish the work.
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