The paradigm of fragmented sensitivity in Gorgias' 'PTMO'


  • Pilar Spangeberg Universidad Nacional de Rosario – Rosario – Argentina



Gorgias, sensitivity, proper sensible, Peri tou me ontos


The article aims to show the importance of Gorgias’ treatment of sensation and its relation to thought and language in the two preserved summaries of the Peri tou me ontos (PTMO). I argue that Gorgias postulates there a radical fragmentation of man in multiple sensations, as well as of the object in a multiplicity of edges that do not find any synthetic moment. The paradigm of fragmented sensitivity is the central scheme, unquestioned in the treatise, that will be projected to the relationships between being, thought and discourse to support the theses of the impossibility of knowledge and communication. Beyond Gorgias’ intentions, the article aims to exhibit the important projections of the aporias raised by him as shown in Plato and Aristotle's proposals regarding sensitivity.


Download data is not yet available.


Metrics Loading ...


CASSIN, B. (1980). Si Parmenide, Le traité anonyme De Melisso Xenophane Gorgia. Edition critique et commentaire, Presses

Universitaires de Lille.

CASTON, V. (2002). Gorgias on Thought and its Objects. In: CASTON, V.; GRAHAM, D. W. Presocratic Philosophy, Essays in

Honour of Alexander Mourelatos. Ashgate, p. 205-231.

DIELS, H.-Kranz, W. (1952). Die Fragmente der Vorsokratiker. Berlin, 3 vols., Weidmann.

GIGON, O. (1936). Gorgias Über das Nichtsein. Hermes 71, p. 186- 213 (reimpreso en Studien zur antikern Philosophie, Berlin-New

York, 1972, p. 69-97).

IOLI, R. (2007). Il silenzio di Platone e Aristotele sul di Gorgia. Dianoia 12, p. 7–42.

KERFERD, G. B. (1955). Gorgias on nature of that which is not. Phronesis I, n. 1, p. 3-25.

MAZZARA, G. (1999). Gorgia. La Retorica del Verosimile, Sankt Agustin, Academia Verlag.

MIGLIORI, M. (1999). Gorgia quale sofista di riferimento di Platone. Giornale di Metafisica 21 (1), p. 101-126.

MOURELATOS, A. P. D. (1987). Gorgias on the Function of Language. Philosophical Topics XV, 2, p. 135-170.

ROSSETTI, L. (2017). Trilemmi: il PTMO di Gorgia tra Zenone e Meliso. Peitho, Examina Antiqua 1 (8).

SPANGENBERG, P. (2009). Phantasía y verdad en Protágoras. In: MARCOS, G.; DÍAZ, M. E. (eds.) El surgimiento de la phantasía en

la Grecia clásica. Buenos Aires, Prometeo, p. 69-98.

SPANGENBERG, P. (2011). “Estudio introductorio” a Gorgias, Sobre el no ser, Buenos Aires.

UNTERSTEINER, M. (1967), Sofisti. Testimonianze e frammenti. Florencia, La Nuova Italia.



How to Cite

Spangeberg, P. (2021). The paradigm of fragmented sensitivity in Gorgias’ ’PTMO’. Revista Archai, (31).



Dossier Archai: Peri tou (me) ontos