Ancient Philosophy 42 (1):11-31 (2022)

Benjamin Rider
University of Central Arkansas
Plato’s Gorgias depicts Socratic psychotherapy, showing Socrates aiming at “what’s best” for those he talks to. The negative aspect of Socrates’ efforts—refuting claims, shaming people for misplaced values—has been well documented and discussed. Focusing on the conversations with Gorgias and Callicles, I highlight a neglected positive side to these interactions: How Socrates seeks to draw on what these characters deeply care about—here, leadership—to inspire philosophical reflection on how they live.
Keywords Ancient Philosophy  History of Philosophy
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DOI 10.5840/ancientphil202242117
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