The Laws

The Laws

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by Plato
     
 

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Plato's Republic represents his great unattainable ideal: a model society governed by Guardians trained in moral philosophy. But in the real world - where philosopher-kings are in short supply - Plato knew that the only foundation for stable and just society is the rule of law. In this, his last and longest dialogue, therefore, he sets out in fascinating

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Plato's Republic represents his great unattainable ideal: a model society governed by Guardians trained in moral philosophy. But in the real world - where philosopher-kings are in short supply - Plato knew that the only foundation for stable and just society is the rule of law. In this, his last and longest dialogue, therefore, he sets out in fascinating detail a comprehensive system of legislation to cover every aspect of his life - from sexual conduct to sport, from drinking parties (as a means of education) to divorce. His extraordinary achievement is put into context by Professor Saunders's fine Introduction, which looks at Plato's whole career against its historical background and shows that if modern critics have rightly found some totalitarian tendencies in Plato, he is still a uniquely stimulating and provocative writer.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140449846
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/28/2005
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
560
Sales rank:
1,137,669
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Plato (c.427-347 BC) stands with Socrates and Aristotle as one of the shapers of the whole intellectual tradition of the West. He founded the Academy in Athens, the first permanent institution devoted to philosophical research and teaching, and theprototype of all Western universities. He sought cures for the ills of society in philosophy, and became convinced that those ills would not cease until philosophers became rulers, or rulers philosophers.

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

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