Virtue and Law in Plato and Beyond by Julia AnnasVirtue and Law in Plato and Beyond by Julia Annas

Virtue and Law in Plato and Beyond

byJulia Annas

Hardcover | November 11, 2017

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Julia Annas presents a study of Plato's account of the relation of virtue to law: how it developed from the Republic to the Laws, and how his ideas were taken up by Cicero and by Philo of Alexandria. Annas shows that, rather than rejecting the approach to an ideal society in the Republic (asgenerally thought), Plato is in both dialogues concerned with the relation of virtue to law, and obedience to law, and presents, in the Laws, a more careful and sophisticated account of that relation. His approach in the Laws differs from his earlier one, because he now tries to build from thepolitical cultures of actual societies (and their histories) instead of producing a theoretical thought-experiment. Plato develops an original project in which obedience to law is linked with education to promote understanding of the laws and of the virtues which obedience to them promote. Annasalso explores how this project appeals independently to the very different later writers Cicero and Philo of Alexandria.
Julia Annas has taught at the University of Arizona since 1986. Before that she taught at the University of Oxford (St Hugh's College) and she has also taught at Columbia University. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and an Honorary Fellow of St Hugh's College, Oxford. She has been a Senior Fellow of the Cent...
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Title:Virtue and Law in Plato and BeyondFormat:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0 inPublished:November 11, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198755740

ISBN - 13:9780198755746

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Law in the Republic3. Changing from Within: Plato's New Approach in the Laws4. Virtue in a Framework of Law5. Law and the Divine6. Citizen Virtue7. Cicero on Natural Law and Ideal Laws8. Philo on Virtue and the Laws of Moses9. Bringing Things Together