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What Socrates Knew:
Plato’s Gorgias, Part 7 of 10

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Note: After a long hiatus, we will be running philosophy lectures on Wednesdays again. This installment, like that last, has a somewhat choppy quality in places because of extensive discussion, much of which was not picked up by the microphone and was thus edited out. At the beginning I misspeak. It is Callicles who claims to be a hedonist, not Gorgias.

In August of 1999, I started an eight-week lecture course called “What Socrates Knew: Plato on Art, Wisdom, and Happiness.”

The main texts were Plato’s Gorgias and Alcibiades I, but I also used excerpts from the Euthydemus, Apology, Theages, and Symposium. I have recordings of all eight lectures, with excellent sound quality so far. I will serialize this course at Counter-Currents in 15 parts.

The lectures were as follows:

  1. August 24: Introduction: Thirty Socratic Theses (Euthydemus, excerpt)
  2. August 31: Socratic Ignorance, Eros, and the Daimonion (Apology, Theages, and Symposium, excerpts)
  3. September 7: Alcibiades I
  4. September 14: Gorgias, Introduction and Conversation with Gorgias (beginning-461b, pages 25-43)
  5. September 21: Gorgias, Conversation with Polus (461 b-481 b, pages 43-70)
  6. September 28: Gorgias, Callicles, I (481b-494b, pages 70-87)
  7. October 5: Gorgias, Callicles, II (494b-510a, pages 87-108)
  8. October 12: Gorgias, Callicles, III (510a-end, pages 108-129)

The readings for the class are:

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