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In The Laws, Plato describes in detail a comprehensive system of legislation in a small agricultural utopia he named Magnesia. His laws not only govern crime and punishment, but also form a code of conduct for all aspects of life in his ideal state - from education, sport and religion to sexual behaviour, marriage and drinking parties. Plato sets out a plan for the day-to-day rule of Magnesia, administered by citizens and elected officials, with supreme power held by a Council.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781573927994
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books
  • Publication date: 5/28/2000
  • Series: Great Books in Philosophy
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 305
  • Product dimensions: 5.37 (w) x 8.34 (h) x 0.64 (d)

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Plato (c. 427–347 b.c.) founded the Academy in Athens, the prototype of all Western universities, and wrote more than twenty philosophical dialogues.

Trevor J. Saunders has translated many volumes of Plato for the Penguin Classics.
Trevor J. Saunders has translated many volumes of Plato for the Penguin Classics.
Trevor J. Saunders has translated many volumes of Plato for the Penguin Classics.

Richard Stalley is professor of ancient philosophy at the University of Glasgow.

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Table of Contents

1 The inadequacy of Spartan and Cretan legislation 3
2 Drinking parties as an educational device 20
3 The arts in the service of education 39
4 The lessons of history (1) : legislation and the balance of powers 74
5 The lessons of history (2) : monarchy and democracy 98
6 Magnesia and its people 112
7 The correct way to legislate : laws and preambles 132
8 General preamble to the legal code 141
9 The foundation of the new state 155
10 Civil and legal administration 174
11 Marriage and related topics 201
12 Education 225
13 Sport and military training 275
14 Problems of sexual conduct 286
15 Agriculture, economics and trade 296
16 Capital offences 310
17 The theory of punishment 317
18 Homicide law 332
19 Woundings 350
20 Assault 359
21 Religion 365
22 The law of property 407
23 Commercial law 412
24 Family law 422
25 Miscellaneous legislation 438
26 The nocturnal council 475
Departures from the Bude text 491
List of crimes 494
App Plato's letters 500
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