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Dramatic and Literary elements in Platos Gorgias

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Author(s):
Luiz Eduardo Gonçalves Oliveira Freitas
Total Authors: 1
Document type: Master's Dissertation
Press: São Paulo.
Institution: Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas
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Examining board members:
Marco Antonio de Avila Zingano; Roberto Bolzani Filho; Fernando Decio Porto Muniz
Advisor: Marco Antonio de Avila Zingano
Abstract

Plato constructs his philosphical argument in the Gorgias upon an intense three-act sctructured dramatic backgroud, in which Sorates discusses questions regarding the natures of rhetoric, justice, happiness and pleasure. Throughout the dialogue, Socrates debates with three interlocutors that defend rhetoric as a social practice. He refutes their positions through shame, deslegitimizes rhetoric by showing its intrisic relation with pleasure and argues that philosophy is the only legitimate and true political pratice. This work intends to analyze the role of the dramatic and literary elements found in the Gorgias. I argue that the integration between literary and dramatic devices and the arguments in the text leads us to a better comprehension about the definition of philosophy as an alternative good rhetoric and its power of acting through shame, which is displayed in the dramatic confrontation between Socrates and his opponents. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 14/05224-7 - Dramatic and literary devices in Plato's Gorgias: reception and conversion
Grantee:Luiz Eduardo Gonçalves Oliveira Freitas
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Master