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Laws

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By: (424-348 BC)

"Laws" by Plato is a powerful philosophical work that delves into the nature of justice, morality, and political governance. Through a series of dialogues among characters, Plato explores the concept of laws as a means of maintaining order within society and guiding individuals towards virtue.

One of the most fascinating aspects of this book is Plato's examination of the relationship between the individual and the state. He argues that laws are essential for creating a harmonious society, but also highlights the importance of individual autonomy and personal responsibility.

While some of Plato's ideas may seem outdated or idealistic in today's society, his insights into the complexities of human nature and the necessity of ethical governance remain relevant. Overall, "Laws" is a thought-provoking read that challenges readers to consider the foundations of a just and virtuous society.

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Νόμοι (Laws) is Plato's final dialogue written after his attempt to advise the tyrant Dionysius II of Syracuse. The dialogue takes place between: an Athenian Stranger (Socrates? A god in human form?); the quiet Lacedaemonian Megillus; and the Cretan Cleinias. The Stranger asks whether humans live to be more effective at waging war or if there is something more important a legislator should seek to achieve. During their pilgrimage Cleinias discloses his role in the establishment of a new colony and the three discuss what would make the colony perfect including: location; a fixed population size; entitlement to land; the four economic classes; the restriction of retailers; a static system of music; the fair treatment of foreigners; defined punishments; and proper religious observance.


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