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The Laws of Plato

Author: Plato Set In . . .
 Europe, Greece
Genre: Other
Time Frame: None
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Description: The Laws by Plato are the final and lengthiest dialogue written by the renowned Ancient Greek philosopher.

Considered something of a magnum opus by scholars of classical philosophy, in this book Plato sets out the principles of legal theory, and how each principle comes to be applied in civilized, organized society. The lengthy text is divided into twelve distinct books, with a variety of legal topics discussed in considerable depth in every one.

Unusually for a Platonic dialogue, the character of Socrates - who in life was one of Plato's mentors in philosophy - is not present. Instead, the conversations take place between a Greek citizen, a Spartan named Megillos, and a Cretan politician and legal scholar by the name of Clinias.

The definition of law is already assumed at the beginning, with the three characters instead preoccupied with who is responsible for its creation and development in a given society. The dialogue proceeds to discuss and detail the purpose of law in everyday realms of existence, from how it is related to art, religion or philosophy. The essential role of law in education, be that of music, drama or otherwise, is also given due discourse. Finally, Plato discusses the notion of natural law and whether there are rights which can be taken as natural.

Translated by Oxford scholar and prolific translator Benjamin Jowett, this edition of Plato's Laws is perfect for those wishing to benefit from the insights of the Platonic dialogues at a low cost.
  
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