|Gorgias: ca. 480 - 380 BC. Gorgias was a famous speaker and teacher. He was probably the first to suggest the thesis that a desired effect in the listener can be achieved by skillfully addressing the affects, regardless of the content of the speech. (See Der kleine Pauly, Lexikon der Antike, Munich 1979)._____________Annotation: The above characterizations of concepts are neither definitions nor exhausting presentations of problems related to them. Instead, they are intended to give a short introduction to the contributions below. – Lexicon of Arguments. |
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Gorgias/Sophist/Taureck: (~ 485 Leontinoi, Sicily - 376, Thessaly): he was in no conflict with the state power.
He was influenced by the physician and philosopher Empedocles (~ 495 - 435).
In 427, Gorgias was entrusted with an embassy to Athens by his hometown. He won the General Assembly for support against Syracuse.
He had a great influence on the politicians Pericles, Alcibiades and Critias, but also on Thucydides.
Among his pupils was Isocrates, whose attempt at a general consensus-based ethics was temporally better known than Plato's philosophy._____________Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution.
B. H.F. Taureck
Die Sophisten Hamburg 1995