The twofold requirements of truth and justice in the Gorgias

  • François Renaud


This paper examines Plato’s views about the unity of argument and drama, and asks why Plato never made his views on this unity fully explicit. Taking the Gorgias as a case study it is argued that unity rests on the conception of refutative dialectic as justice and on the principle of self-consistency of thought and desire. As compared to the treatise, the dialogue form has the advantage of being able to defend these substantive views in action and thus to demonstrate the performative contradictions in the ideas of one’s opponents.


dialogue form, Gorgias, truth, justice, disciplining, performative contradiction

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RENAUD, François. The twofold requirements of truth and justice in the Gorgias. PLATO JOURNAL: The Journal of the International Plato Society, [S.l.], v. 16, p. 95-108, july 2017. ISSN 2183-4105. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 17 july 2019.