Plato's 'Laws': A Critical Guide

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Christopher Bobonich
Cambridge University Press, Nov 11, 2010 - Philosophy
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Long understudied, Plato's Laws has been the object of renewed attention in the past decade and is now considered to be his major work of political philosophy besides the Republic. In his last dialogue, Plato returns to the project of describing the foundation of a just city and sketches in considerable detail its constitution, laws and other social institutions. Written by leading Platonists, the essays in this volume cover a wide range of topics central for understanding the Laws, such as the aim of the Laws as a whole, the ethical psychology of the Laws, especially its views of pleasure and non-rational motivations, and whether and, if so, how the strict law code of the Laws can encourage genuine virtue. They make an important contribution to ongoing debates and will open up fresh lines of inquiry for further research.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Chapter 1 The Laws two projects
12
Chapter 2 The relationship of the Laws to other dialogues A proposal
29
Chapter 3 Ordinary virtue from the Phaedo to the Laws
51
Chapter 4 Virtue and law in Plato
71
Chapter 5 Morality as law and morality in the Laws
92
Chapter 6 Puppets on strings Moral psychology in Laws Books 1 and 2
108
Chapter 7 Psychology and the inculcation of virtue in Platos Laws
127
Chapter 8 Images of irrationality
149
Chapter 9 Family and the question of women in the Laws
172
Chapter 10 The theology of the Laws
197
Chapter 11 Platos truest tragedy Laws Book 7 817ad
217
Bibliography
232
Index
242
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Christopher Bobonich is Professor of Philosophy and, by courtesy, Classics at Stanford University. He is the author of Plato's Utopia Recast (2002) and of a number of articles on the Laws and other aspects of Greek ethical and political theory.

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