The Laws (Paperback)

The Laws By Plato, Trevor J. Saunders (Translated by), Trevor J. Saunders (Introduction by), Trevor J. Saunders (Notes by), Richard Stalley (Preface by) Cover Image
By Plato, Trevor J. Saunders (Translated by), Trevor J. Saunders (Introduction by), Trevor J. Saunders (Notes by), Richard Stalley (Preface by)


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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About the Author

Plato (c.427-347 BC) stands with Socrates and Aristotle as one of the shapers of the whole intellectual tradition of the West. He founded the Academy in Athens, the first permanent institution devoted to philosophical research and teaching, and theprototype of all Western universities. He sought cures for the ills of society in philosophy, and became convinced that those ills would not cease until philosophers became rulers, or rulers philosophers.

Trevor J. Saunders has translated many volumes of Plato for the Penguin Classics.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780140449846
ISBN-10: 0140449841
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Publication Date: June 28th, 2005
Pages: 560
Language: English
Series: Penguin Classics