Polis 32 (1):75-95 (2015)

Clerk Shaw
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
In the Gorgias, Socrates argues that just punishment, though painful, benefits the unjust person by removing injustice from her soul. This paper argues that Socrates thinks the true judge (i) will never use corporal punishment, because such procedures do not remove injustice from the soul; (ii) will use refutations and rebukes as punishments that reveal and focus attention on psychological disorder (= injustice); and (iii) will use confiscation, exile, and death to remove external goods that facilitate unjust action.
Keywords Socrates  Gorgias  punishment  psychology  pain  justice  corporal  dialectic  death  incurable
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DOI 10.1163/20512996-12340039
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