Plato: Laws 1 and 2 - Clarendon Plato Series (Hardback)
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Plato: Laws 1 and 2 - Clarendon Plato Series (Hardback)

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Susan Sauve Meyer presents a new translation of Plato's Laws, 1 and 2. In these opening books of Plato's last work, a Cretan, a Spartan, and an Athenian discuss legislative theory, moral psychology, and the criteria for evaluating art. The interlocutors compare the relative merits of different nomoi (laws, practices, institutions), in particular, the communal meals (sussitia) practiced in Sparta and Crete and the paradigmatically Athenian institution of the drinking party (sumposion). They agree that the legislator's goal is to inculcate virtue in the citizens, but they disagree about what the virtues are, and what institutions are required to inculcate them. The Spartan and Cretan, who value military strength in a city and courage in its citizens, see no value in drinking parties, which they take to encourage softness and susceptibility to pleasure. The Athenian insists that drinking parties train citizens in moderation, just as military exercises train citizens in courage. He defends this paradoxical thesis by offering a moral psychology and theory of virtue (rather different from that of the Republic but highly evocative of Aristotle's Ethics), along with a theory of education in which choral song and dance play an important role. A detailed discussion of the criteria for evaluating works of art rounds out the discussion, and here too the reader will find a discussion very different from the treatment of art in the Republic. Meyer's fluent and readable translation achieves a high standard of fidelity to the original Greek. The commentary lays bare the structure of the argumentation, illuminates the philosophical issues, and explains difficult passages, making this complex and intricate work accessible to students and scholars alike.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199604081
Number of pages: 376
Weight: 604 g
Dimensions: 222 x 149 x 28 mm


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Meyer's will be indispensable to anyone who wants seriously to engage with the arguments of the Laws. * Richard Stalley, The International Journal of the Platonic Tradition *
Students of Plato will greatly benefit from this book. Indeed, anyone working on the Laws should own this . . . excellent book. In my opinion, it is currently the best English translation of Books 1 and 2 of the Laws. Meyer's book will greatly help readers sort out the various difficult and obscure passages that pervade these two books. * Nicholas R. Baima, Bryn Mawr Classical Review *
...up to now, readers looking for a philosophically sensitive commentary on the work in English have had nowhere to turn...Susan Sauve Meyer has begun to fill this lacuna with her excellent volume on Books I-II, a work that will put all serious students of the Laws into her considerable debt. It should also lead us to look forward eagerly to her continuation of the project in a future volume on Books III-V. * David J. Riesbeck, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews Online *

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