Plato's Laws

Plato's Laws : Force and Truth in Politics

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Readers of Plato have often neglected the Laws because of its length and density. In this set of interpretive essays, notable scholars of the Laws from the fields of classics, history, philosophy, and political science offer a collective close reading of the dialogue "book by book" and reflect on the work as a whole. In their introduction, editors Gregory Recco and Eric Sanday explore the connections among the essays and the dramatic and productive exchanges between the contributors. This volume fills a major gap in studies on Plato's dialogues by addressing the cultural and historical context of the Laws and highlighting their importance to contemporary scholarship.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 208 pages
  • 161.04 x 234.44 x 20.83mm | 476.27g
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 0253001781
  • 9780253001788

Table of contents

Introduction 1. On Reading the Laws as a Whole: Horizon, Vision, and Structure / Mitchell Miller; 2. EPSILON rho omega and the Laws in Historical Context / Mark Munn; 3. The Long and Winding Road: Impediments to Inquiry in Book One of the Laws / Eric Salem; 4. Education in Plato's Laws / John Russon; 5. On Beginning after the Beginning / John Sallis; 6. It is Difficult for a City with Good Laws to Come into Existence: On Book 4 / Michael Zuckert; 7. "He Saw the Cities and He Knew the Minds of Many Men": Landscape and Character in the Odyssey and the Laws / Patricia Fagan; 8. On the Human and the Divine: Reading the Prelude in Plato's Laws 5 / Robert Metcalf; 9. Being True to Equality: Human Allotment and the Judgment of Zeus / Greg Recco; 10. The 'Serious Play' of Book 7 of Plato's Laws / David Roochnik; 11. No Country for Young Men: Eros as Outlaw in Plato's Laws / Francisco Gonzalez; 12. On the Implications of Human Mortality: Legislation, Education, and Philosophy in Book 9 of Plato's Laws / Catherine Zuckert; 13. 'A Soul Superlatively Natural': Psychic Excess in Laws 10 / Sara Brill; 14. Property and Impiety in Plato's Laws: Books 11 & 12 / Eric Sanday Bibliography; List of Contributors; Index
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"An outstanding collection... that will inspire others... to begin to take the Laws as seriously as they should." Drew A. Hyland, Trinity College "A diverse set of intelligent and original essays on the Laws featuring some of the best names in American scholarship." Marina McCoy, Boston College
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About Gregory Recco

Gregory Recco is a tutor at St. John's College in Annapolis.

Eric Sanday is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Kentucky.
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