Plato on Virtue and the Law

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A&C Black, Jun 7, 2009 - Philosophy - 177 pages

Ancient philosophy is no longer an isolated discipline. Recent years have seen the development of a dialogue between ancient and contemporary philosophers writing on central issues in moral and political philosophy. The renewed interest in character and virtue as ethical concepts is one such issue, yet Plato's contribution has been largely neglected in contemporary virtue ethics.

In Plato on Virtue and the Law, Sandrine Berges seeks to address this gap in the literature by exploring the contribution that virtue ethics make to the understanding of laws alongside the interesting and plausible insights into current philosophical concerns evident in Plato's dialogues. The book argues that a distinctive virtue theory of law is clearly presented in Plato's political dialogues. Through a new reading of the Crito, Menexenus, Gorgias, Republic, Statesman and Laws, Berges shows how Plato proposes several ways in which we can understand the law from the perspective of virtue ethics.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Some Key Concepts in Ancient Virtue Ethics
9
2 Obedience and Persuading the Laws in the Crito
30
3 Promoting and Preserving Virtue in the Menexenus
52
4 Virtue as Mental Health in the Gorgias and Other Dialogues
69
5 Paternalism in the Republic
92
6 The Statesman and Equity
107
Persuading the Citizens
124
8 Towards Virtuepromoting Democratic Institutions
142
Notes
151
Bibliography
169
Index
175
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About the author (2009)

Sandrine Berges is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Bilkent University, Turkey.

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