Plato: Laws 1 and 2 by Susan Sauve MeyerPlato: Laws 1 and 2 by Susan Sauve Meyer

Plato: Laws 1 and 2

bySusan Sauve Meyer

Paperback | October 28, 2017

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Susan Sauve Meyer presents a new translation of Plato's Laws, 1 and 2. In these opening books of Plato's last work, a Cretan, a Spartan, and an Athenian discuss legislative theory, moral psychology, and the criteria for evaluating art. The interlocutors compare the relative merits of differentnomoi (laws, practices, institutions), in particular, the communal meals (sussitia) practiced in Sparta and Crete and the paradigmatically Athenian institution of the drinking party (sumposion). They agree that the legislator's goal is to inculcate virtue in the citizens, but they disagree aboutwhat the virtues are, and what institutions are required to inculcate them. The Spartan and Cretan, who value military strength in a city and courage in its citizens, see no value in drinking parties, which they take to encourage softness and susceptibility to pleasure. The Athenian insists thatdrinking parties train citizens in moderation, just as military exercises train citizens in courage. He defends this paradoxical thesis by offering a moral psychology and theory of virtue (rather different from that of the Republic but highly evocative of Aristotle's Ethics), along with a theory ofeducation in which choral song and dance play an important role. A detailed discussion of the criteria for evaluating works of art rounds out the discussion, and here too the reader will find a discussion very different from the treatment of art in the Republic. Meyer's fluent and readable translation achieves a high standard of fidelity to the original Greek. The commentary lays bare the structure of the argumentation, illuminates the philosophical issues, and explains difficult passages, making this complex and intricate work accessible to students andscholars alike.
Susan Sauve Meyer is Professor and Chair of Philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania. She received a B.A. from the University of Toronto in 1982 and a Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1987 and taught at Harvard University before joining the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania in 1994. She specializes in Classical Greek and He...
Title:Plato: Laws 1 and 2Format:PaperbackDimensions:376 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0 inPublished:October 28, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199604096

ISBN - 13:9780199604098

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read For those who love Plato, especially his later works, this is definitely a page turner. I was completely enthralled by this important piece of classical literature.
Date published: 2018-01-04

Table of Contents

IntroductionOutlines of Books 1-2Book 1Book 2TranslationCommentaryBibliographyIndex