Plato's Laws: Force And Truth In Politics

Paperback | February 18, 2013

EditorGregory Recco, Eric Sanday

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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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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 introduct...

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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Format:PaperbackDimensions:258 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.7 inPublished:February 18, 2013Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:025300182X

ISBN - 13:9780253001825

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Table of Contents

Introduction
1. On Reading the Laws as a Whole: Horizon, Vision, and Structure
Mitchell Miller
2. 'E 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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"[T]he collection [is] interesting and thought provoking. In particular, it draws attention to sections of the dialogue that are easily overlooked and usefully highlights the role of contingent factors in Plato's political thought." -International Journal of the Platonic Tradition