This post is about to Callicle’s section of Plato’s Gorgias. The section of this reading that I found more interesting was the discussion about philosophers and the studying of philosophy. Callicle claims that “it’s fine for a person to dabble in philosophy when he’s the right age for it, but it ruins him if he devotes too much of his life to it” (67). I found this section the most interesting because I agree with him that if a person were to devote their entire lives to studying philosophy, they might miss out on the important things in life.
He argues that philosophers are “completely out of touch with human nature” (67) because they may never learn how to do things such as how to “understand their community’s legal system, how to address either political or private meetings, or what kinds of things people enjoy and desire” (67). He says that some philosophy will make you a more wise person overall, but devoting a whole life to it will make you miss out on some things.
Callicle thinks it is appropriate for a young man to study philosophy, but not for men to continue the studies into old age. He thinks that old men should drop philosophy and live their lives when they get to a certain point. I agree and think that people who want to study philosophy when they are young will gain the wisdom they need at that point in life. They do not need to acquire any more wisdom once they are older, they can just use what they have learned in younger life and apply it so that they are not missing out.