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This review is from: Gorgias (Penguin Classics) (Paperback)
'On Rhetoric', as it is often called, is from Plato's middle period, around the same time as 'The Republic'. It is, like all of Plato's works, a conversation, and here Socrates talks to a few people about the nature of rhetoric. Of course, this being Socrates, he soon gets on to the nature of 'good' and 'justice', our favourite Socratic ineffables. But the shining light at the centre of this book is Callicles, the strong, bold, proto-Nietzschean ubermench who challenges all conventional notions of morality. His fierce arguing and exultant, hedonistic ideals make him a memorable character. Here we find an excellent and fun read about ethics, rhetoric and philosophy itself, full of bad jokes and inspiring speeches. If you've never read Plato before, or have only been force fed The Republic, this is the book for you. When you do read it, just giggle at how much fun it must've been to hang around with Socrates. Then get out and start asking awkward questions yourself!