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Gorgias by Plato
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Socrates' biggest humbug. Still, I agree on all of his ethics, but he makes rhetoric out to be some sort of ornamental flippery. Strangely, when he revisits the topic in the Phaedrus, he answers some of his own arguments put forth here. Probably my favorite part of this dialogue is the progression (or rather denigration) of the interlocutors. Starting out with the master and ending with the equivalent of the petulant undergrad hanger-on gives the appearance of Socrates' arguments getting better, when really, his interlocutors are getting worse.
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