Laws / Edition 1

Laws / Edition 1

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by Plato
     
 

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… See more details below

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781573927994
Publisher:
Prometheus Books
Publication date:
05/28/2000
Series:
Great Books in Philosophy
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
305
Product dimensions:
5.37(w) x 8.34(h) x 0.64(d)

Table of Contents

1The inadequacy of Spartan and Cretan legislation3
2Drinking parties as an educational device20
3The arts in the service of education39
4The lessons of history (1) : legislation and the balance of powers74
5The lessons of history (2) : monarchy and democracy98
6Magnesia and its people112
7The correct way to legislate : laws and preambles132
8General preamble to the legal code141
9The foundation of the new state155
10Civil and legal administration174
11Marriage and related topics201
12Education225
13Sport and military training275
14Problems of sexual conduct286
15Agriculture, economics and trade296
16Capital offences310
17The theory of punishment317
18Homicide law332
19Woundings350
20Assault359
21Religion365
22The law of property407
23Commercial law412
24Family law422
25Miscellaneous legislation438
26The nocturnal council475
Departures from the Bude text491
List of crimes494
AppPlato's letters500

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