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A Journey Into Platonic Politics : Plato's Laws - Albert Keith Whitaker

A Journey Into Platonic Politics

Plato's Laws

Paperback Published: 28th May 2004
ISBN: 9780761826897
Number Of Pages: 254

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"One should not take up the Laws as a plan for a new society nor as a means to critique one's own nation and its customs. Indeed, the Laws benefits most those readers who are comfortable in their lover for and allegiance to the standards and institutions of their time and place. Perhaps this claim sounds surprising. But it should surprise only those who believe that love and loyalty are deep set obstacles to thought and reflections. In contrast, such attachments, and not their facile critique, are precisely what lead us to take a healthy interest in and reflect fruitfully upon other people's ways. The characters of the Laws recognize this truth as well. They recommend that the highest body of the new city, a council of thinkers and legislators, young and old, should regularly send spies to other nations, to search out the "beauties" in their foreign habits, beauties that might--or might not--be able to be transplanted back to the council's city. The following study of the Laws attempts to do something of the same thing, to read Plato's dialogue as, in effect, a foreign country, through which readers are led as if they were on a mission for our own Nocturnal Council." �Albert Keith Whitaker, from the Introduction

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What the reader will find in A Journey into Platonic Politics is an outstanding example of philosophical exposition...One could hardly ask for a better, more straightforward elucidation of Plato's final dialogue and I foresee this text becoming an essential guide for any who study the Laws.--Kenneth Royce Moore, University of Edinburgh "Polis "

Acknowledgmentsp. v
Introductionp. vii
The End of the Roadp. 1
Edifying Sodp. 21
That Old Time Baloneyp. 39
Upholding the Lawp. 57
Union, Now and Foreverp. 73
Mixed Drinksp. 93
Peculiar Institutionsp. 109
Mars and Venusp. 127
Doctor of Philosophyp. 145
The Blessings of Intolerancep. 161
Testamentsp. 181
Point of Departurep. 197
Conclusionp. 207
Appendicesp. 211
Bibliographyp. 235
Indexp. 243
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ISBN: 9780761826897
ISBN-10: 0761826890
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 254
Published: 28th May 2004
Publisher: UNIV PR OF AMER
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.47
Weight (kg): 0.33