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Plato on Justice - a look at the Gorgias

Short talk, reading and group discussion on Justice using a passage from Plato's Gorgias

Is it better to be the receiver of injustice or its perpetrator? And if we have committed an injustice, is it better to "get away with it" or to suffer punishment for it? What is the nature of punishment? All these questions are discussed by Socrates in the Gorgias – and his position surprises three orators, Gorgias, Polus and Callicles. Polus claims that a skilled orator can exercise as much power in a state as a tyrant, and that this is an enviable position to be in. But is it? Socrates argues that this is actually the worst possible state to be in.

The evening will begin with a brief introduction to the Gorgias and its main points; we will then read an extract from the dialogue and leave ourselves about an hour to discuss the issues arising from it.

No previous experience of formal philosophy is required.

Entrance in free, but donations between £3-5 will be welcomed.

A PDF download of the extract we will be reading is available on our website together with further details of this and other Prometheus Trust's activities: www.prometheustrust.co.uk (the PDF is on the "London Monday Evenings" page.)


Miranda Addey | talks | www


Date and Time:

30 May 2016 at 7:30 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



Cecil Sharp House
2 Regent’s Park Road

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The Prometheus Trust
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