The Laws (Google eBook)

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Digireads.com Publishing, Jan 1, 2010 - Philosophy
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The final and longest dialogue Plato wrote in his life, this work is set on the island of Crete, where three old men are journeying to the cave of Zeus in imitation of Minos, the ancient Cretan lawmaker. Along the way, they ask and attempt to answer many questions concerning legislation and governing. With Athenian and Spartan law systems clearly in mind, these speakers envision a new set of laws for a utopia called Magnesia. Beyond laws that regulate crime and its punishments or the organization of rule, Plato explores a sort of code of conduct that would encompass every aspect of life in Magnesia, from education and recreation to religion and sexual intimacy. Though it can be read as authoritarian, Plato's true intent seems to be a comprehensive method of societal reform, revealing the mature mind of one of history's preeminent thinkers.
  

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"Pangle's achievement is remarkable. . . . The accompanying interpretive essay is an excellent distillation of a dialogue three times its size. The commentary is thoughtful, even profound; and it ... Read full review

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oh very very brilliant it made me laugh cry It is a really very special book to read. poetry really. with laughter and love and the wonderful nature and the stars and the moon it is what life is about. Of course one can enjoy reading its really very lovely to read. It brought me peace. Read full review

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Contents

BOOK I
5
BOOK II
22
BOOK III
37
BOOK IV
56
BOOK V
69
BOOK VI
82
BOOK VII
104
BOOK VIII
129
BOOK IX
144
BOOK X
163
BOOK XI
182
BOOK XII
199
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Plato was born c. 427 B.C. in Athens, Greece, to an aristocratic family very much involved in political government. Pericles, famous ruler of Athens during its golden age, was Plato's stepfather. Plato was well educated and studied under Socrates, with whom he developed a close friendship. When Socrates was publically executed in 399 B.C., Plato finally distanced himself from a career in Athenian politics, instead becoming one of the greatest philosophers of Western civilization. Plato extended Socrates's inquiries to his students, one of the most famous being Aristotle. Plato's The Republic is an enduring work, discussing justice, the importance of education, and the qualities needed for rulers to succeed. Plato felt governors must be philosophers so they may govern wisely and effectively. Plato founded the Academy, an educational institution dedicated to pursuing philosophic truth. The Academy lasted well into the 6th century A.D., and is the model for all western universities. Its formation is along the lines Plato laid out in The Republic. Many of Plato's essays and writings survive to this day. Plato died in 347 B.C. at the age of 80.

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