ISBN 9780140449846,The Laws

The Laws



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Penguin Books India

Publication Year 2005

ISBN 9780140449846

ISBN-10 0140449841


Number of Pages 560 Pages
Language (English)

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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 behavior, 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 program for the reform of society and provides a crucial insight into the mind of one of Classical Greece's foremost thinkers.