Synopses & Reviews
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.
"An outstanding collection... that will inspire others... to begin to take the Laws as seriously as they should." --Drew A. Hyland, Trinity College Indiana University Press
"A diverse set of intelligent and original essays on the Laws featuring some of the best names in American scholarship." --Marina McCoy, Boston College
"[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 Indiana University Press Indiana University Press
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
2. 'Eρως and the Laws in Historical Context
3. The Long and Winding Road: Impediments to Inquiry in Book One of the Laws
4. Education in Plato's Laws
5. On Beginning after the Beginning
6. It is Difficult for a City with Good Laws to Come into Existence: On Book 4
7. "He Saw the Cities and He Knew the Minds of Many Men": Landscape and Character in the Odyssey and the Laws
8. On the Human and the Divine: Reading the Prelude in Plato's Laws 5
9. Being True to Equality: Human Allotment and the Judgment of Zeus
10. The 'Serious Play' of Book 7 of Plato's Laws
11. No Country for Young Men: Eros as Outlaw in Plato's Laws
12. On the Implications of Human Mortality: Legislation, Education, and Philosophy in Book 9 of Plato's Laws
13. 'A Soul Superlatively Natural': Psychic Excess in Laws 10
14. Property and Impiety in Plato's Laws: Books 11 and 12
List of Contributors