The end result of rhetoric is a cosmetic alteration of language that conceals truth and falsity b. Diels, H. Life and Works Gorgias B. Kennedy, George.
He then denies that existence to on itself exists, for if it exists, it is either eternal or generated. In the same way, Lazerowitz and Mourelatos use Wittgestein's lectures on private experience and sense data in interpreting Gorgias Lazerowitz, 37, Mourelatos,n.Anything, then, which a man has not in his own consciousness, how can he acquire it from the word from another, or by any sign which is different from the thing except by seeing it if it is a colour, or hearing it if it is a sound? In the dialogue Gorgias, Plato through his mentor Socrates expresses his contempt for sophistical rhetoric; all rhetoric is "a phantom of a branch of statesmanship d Levi A. And he might merely every bit good infer from it the being of idea as the being of I, one can non be doubted that he thinks, hence if you think, you are utilizing your head so your head is bing. Reinhardt, K. That being said, there is consensus in late 20th century and early 21st century scholarship that the label 'nihilist' is misleading, in part because if his argument were genuinely meant to support nihilism it would be self-undermining. If it is eternal, it has no beginning, and is therefore without limit. Gorgias argues that persuasive words have power dunamis that is equivalent to that of the gods and as strong as physical force. Much debate over both the nature and value of rhetoric begins with Gorgias.
The operation of the mind intellection is fundamentally distinct from what happens in the real world; "the existent is not an object of consideration and is not apprehended" B3. In it, Gorgias attempts to take the weaker argument and make it the stronger one, by arguing for a position contrary to well-established opinion: in this case, the opinion that Helen was to blame for the Trojan War.