Summary 469a–479e

The topic gains even more significance in that it comes as the first hint of some overarching sense of right and wrong within the dialogue. Put differently, by discussing justice of the soul as the highest state of human existence, Plato effectively arrives at a notion of abstract and hierarchical virtue through the vehicle of more particular considerations. The pattern thus takes shape for a consideration of virtue in general by way of an inquiry into particular instances of right and wrong, good and bad, as well as the resulting implications. This model applies to Gorgias as well as to Plato's entire extended philosophical project.