In Plato’s Gorgias, I found Callicles’ view on philosophy unexpected, yet very interesting. Callicles gives a long speech to Socrates about why philosophy should not be studied after a person is no longer a child. It was a refreshing take since it was the first time in our readings that someone had neglected the importance of philosophy. Callicles makes the point that philosophy can only be explored during childhood, and that it is immature to continue as one ages. He argues that a person who focuses on philosophy their entire life misses out on the opportunities that a “gentleman with some standing in society” might experience. There is no way for a devout philosopher to acquire these experiences. Callicles also makes the point that the philosopher is completely out of touch with human nature. Since they elude private activity for so long, they are unsociable and act ridiculously when in a public forum where they have the opportunity to share their findings. Callicles’ argument is quite eye opening, as well as Socrates’ reply, which thanks his peer for testing the truth of his beliefs.

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