9780140449846

The Laws

Plato, Trevor Saunders (Translated by)


Format: Paperback
ISBN13: 9780140449846
Published: December 2004

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In The Laws, Plato describes in fascinating detail a comprehensive system of legislation in a small agricultural utopia he named Magnesia. His laws not only govern crime and punishment, but also form a code of conduct for all aspects of life in his ideal state - from education, sport and religion to sexual behaviour, marriage and drinking parties. Plato sets out a plan for the day-to-day rule of Magnesia, administered by citizens and elected officials, with supreme power held by a Council. Although Plato's views that citizens should act in complete obedience to the law have been read as totalitarian, The Laws nonetheless constitutes a highly impressive programme for the reform of society and provides a crucial insight into the mind of one of Classical Greece's foremost thinkers.

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  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN13: 9780140449846
  • Published: December 2004
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Number of pages: 592
  • Width (mm): 129
  • Height (mm): 198
  • Depth (mm): 25
  • Weight (g): 404

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