The struggle which Plato has Socrates recommend to his
interlocutors in Gorgias - and to his readers - is the struggle to
overcome the temptations of worldly success and to concentrate on
genuine morality. Ostensibly an enquiry into the value of rhetoric,
the dialogue soon becomes an investigation into the value of these
two contrasting ways of life. In a series of dazzling and bold
arguments, Plato attempts to establish that only morality can bring
a person true happiness, and to demolish alternative viewpoints. It
is not suprising that Gorgias is one of Plato's most widely read
dialogues. Philosophers read it for its coverage of central moral
issues; others enjoy its vividness, clarity and occasional bitter
humour. This new translation is accompanied by explanatory notes
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