1) In Gorgias, Plato offers competing conceptions of the good life for human beings. Callicles
defends the life of pleasure-seeking, and Socrates defends the life of self-discipline. Explain and defend the view which you find most persuasive. You need to explain what the view is, and what reasons there are for accepting it. You must also consider the alternative view, and what reasons its opponent(s) in Gorgias find for accepting that alternative and rejecting the one you favor, and explain why they are not convincing.
2)Project overall is to give the reader reasons for agreeing with you about the issue, so of paradigm importance is to (i) have a clear thesis and (ii) make clear what it is and how exactly you are supporting it. You’re not just a spectator, and you need to be sure you aren’t just reporting on Plato’s views: instead, you must take sides on the issue and argue for your own conclusion. You can address ideas we have discussed in class, or go beyond them. However, you need to be sure you do not just ignore any pertinent issues emerging from the texts against the view you defend, or in favor of the view you reject.