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Plato's Laws: Force and Truth in Politics (Studies in Continental Thought)


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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.

About the Author

Gregory Recco is a tutor at St. John's College in Annapolis.

Eric Sanday is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Kentucky.

Table of Contents


1. On Reading the Laws as a Whole: Horizon, Vision, and Structure

Mitchell Miller

2. 'Eρως 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 and 12

Eric Sanday


List of Contributors


Product Details

Recco, Gregory
Indiana University Press
Sanday, Eric
Bloomington, IN
Philosophy : General
Classics; Continental; Philosophy; Politics
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Studies in Continental Thought
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