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  1. Plato's Prime Mover Argument.Hugh Chandler - manuscript
    In Laws book X Plato tries to give us conclusive evidence that there are at least two gods (one good and the other bad). The reasoning depends crucially on the idea of ‘self moving motion.’ In this paper I try to show that the ‘evidence’ is not persuasive. (Nevertheless, the idea of ‘self – moving motion is interesting.).
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  2. The State of Example: Sovereignty and Bare Speech in Plato's Laws.Robert S. Leib - 2020 - Journal of Speculative Philosophy 34 (3):407-423.
    In Giorgio Agamben's Homo Sacer project, he gives an archaeology of Western political power from ancient Rome up through Carl Schmitt's model of "exceptional sovereignty," where the sovereign is "he who decides on the exception."1 Agamben takes Schmitt's thesis further, arguing that, in modern biopolitics, the "sovereign is he who decides on the value or the nonvalue of life as such," and therefore, on life and death in the state.2 Although this model also appears in Foucault's work, Penelope Deutscher argues (...)
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  3. Plato: Laws. Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought. Edited by Malcolm Schofield; Translation by Tom Griffith. Cambridge University Press, 2016. [REVIEW]John M. Armstrong - 2018 - Ancient Philosophy 38 (2):455–460.
    For students and the general reader, this is the best English translation of the entire 'Laws' available. I give several examples of important lines that are translated well in this edition, but I take issue with the translation of some other lines and with part of Schofield's introduction on grounds that these parts do not reveal Plato's political and cosmic holism as clearly as they could have.
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  4. The City and the Stage: Performance, Genre, and Gender in Plato’s Laws, Written by Marcus Folch.Gregory Kirk - 2018 - Polis 35 (1):294-297.
  5. Plato: Laws 1 and 2. Translated with an Introduction and Commentary, Written by Susan Sauvé Meyer.Thanassis Samaras - 2018 - Polis 35 (1):268-272.
  6. Plato Laws, Edited by Malcolm Schofield, and Translated by Tom Griffith.R. F. Stalley - 2018 - Polis 35 (2):598-602.
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  7. Persuasion, Falsehood, and Motivating Reason in Plato’s Laws.Nicholas R. Baima - 2016 - History of Philosophy Quarterly 33 (2).
    In Plato’s Laws, the Athenian Stranger maintains that law should consist of both persuasion (πειθώ) and compulsion (βία) (IV.711c, IV.718b-d, and IV.722b). Persuasion can be achieved by prefacing the laws with preludes (προοίμια), which make the citizens more eager to obey the laws. Although scholars disagree on how to interpret the preludes’ persuasion, they agree that the preludes instill true beliefs and give citizens good reasons for obeying the laws. In this paper I refine this account of the preludes by (...)
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  8. Plato's Erotic Citizens. L. Prauscello Performing Citizenship in Plato's Laws. Pp. X + 272. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014. Cased, £60, Us$95. Isbn: 978-1-107-07288-6. [REVIEW]Robert Mayhew - 2016 - The Classical Review 66 (1):57-59.
  9. Can Δίκαιον Be Ὅσιον? A Note on Scholl. Plat. Resp. I 344a8 and Leg. IX 857b5.Domenico Cufalo - 2015 - Literatūra 57 (3):16-19.
    In this paper I will focus on a crux in two Platonic scholia, where manuscripts have the impossible διονύσιον, but Greene suggests δίκαιον. This amendment was made on the basis of a gloss of Photius’ Lexicon, although the corresponding gloss of Suidas confirms the text of Platonic scholia. However the agreement with Photius is not so important, not only because it is impossible to prove that he reproduces the text of the glossary composed by the Atticist Aelius Dionysius without any (...)
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  10. Plato: Laws 1 & 2.Susan Sauvé Meyer (ed.) - 2015 - Oxford University Press UK.
    Susan Sauvé Meyer presents a new translation of Plato's Laws, 1 and 2, in which a Cretan, a Spartan, and an Athenian discuss legislative theory, moral psychology, and the criteria for evaluating art. 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.
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  11. Plato’s Laws: Force and Truth in Politics. Edited by Gregory Recco and Eric Sanday. [REVIEW]M. Ross Romero - 2015 - International Philosophical Quarterly 55 (1):121-123.
  12. Plato’s Cure for Impiety in Laws X.Nathan Powers - 2014 - Ancient Philosophy 34 (1):47-64.
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  13. On the Foundation of Theology in Plato's Laws.Lewis Meek Trelawny-Cassity - 2014 - Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy 18 (2):325-349.
    Abstract: While recent scholarship often makes the claim that Plato’s theology in the Laws is based upon inferences from observable features about the world, this interpretation runs into difficulties when one considers (1) the continuing importance that the Socratic turn undertaken in the Phaedo has for speculation in the Laws about the order of the cosmos and (2) the actual observations that Plato makes about the sublunar and celestial realms in the Laws. In light of these difficulties, I develop an (...)
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  14. Lutz, Mark J., Divine Law and Political Philosophy in Plato’s Laws.Kevin M. Cherry - 2013 - Review of Metaphysics 67 (1):177-178.
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  15. Who Calls the Tune: Literary Criticism, Theatrocracy, and the Performance of Philosophy in Plato’s Laws.Marcus Folch - 2013 - American Journal of Philology 134 (4):557-601.
  16. Mark J. Lutz, Divine Law and Political Philosophy in Plato’s Laws , Ix + 200 Pp., $35.00, ISBN 9780875804453. [REVIEW]Jakub Jirsa - 2013 - Polis: The Journal for Ancient Greek Political Thought 30 (2):344-349.
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  17. 9. Private Matters in Plato’s Laws.André Laks - 2013 - In Christoph Horn (ed.), Platon: Gesetze/Nomoi. De Gruyter. pp. 165-188.
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  18. On Reading the Laws as a Whole: Horizon, Vision, and Structure.Mitchell Miller - 2013 - In Eric Sanday & Gregory Recco (eds.), Plato's Laws: Force and Truth in Politics. Indiana University Press. pp. 11-30.
    A reflection intended to orient a reading of the Laws as a whole, with special attention to the range of philosophical issues included and excluded from the Athenian's reach, as this is indicated by the dramatic context, to the vision of the god as the measure of the laws that provides the centering goal of the Athenian's labors, and to the dialectical structure of the Athenian's address to the Magnesians.
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  19. Performance and Culture in Plato's Laws.Anastasia-Erasmia Peponi (ed.) - 2013 - Cambridge University Press.
    This volume is dedicated to an intriguing Platonic work, the Laws. Probably the last dialogue Plato wrote, the Laws represents the philosopher's most fully developed views on many crucial questions that he had raised in earlier works. Yet it remains a largely unread and underexplored dialogue. Abounding in unique and valuable references to dance and music, customs and norms, the Laws seems to suggest a comprehensive model of culture for the entire polis - something unparalleled in Plato. This exceptionally rich (...)
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  20. PLATO'S LAWS - Moore ( K.R.)Plato, Politics and a Practical Utopia. Social Constructivism and Civic Planning in the Laws. Pp. X + 133. London and New York: Continuum, 2012. Cased, £60. ISBN: 978-1-4411-5317-3. [REVIEW]Samuel Scolnicov - 2013 - The Classical Review 63 (1):62-64.
  21. Comparing Lives in Plato, Laws 5.James Warren - 2013 - Phronesis 58 (4):319-346.
    In Laws 5, the Athenian argues in favour of virtuous over vicious lives on the basis that the former are preferable to the latter when we consider the pleasures and pains in each. This essay offers an interpretation of the argument which does not attribute to the Athenian an exclusively hedonist axiology. It argues for a new reading of the division of ‘types of life’ at 733c-d and suggests that the Athenian relies on the conclusion established earlier in the Laws (...)
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  22. L'anima Della Legge: Studi Intorno Ai Nomoi di Platone.Milena Bontempi & Giovanni Panno (eds.) - 2012 - Polimetrica.
  23. The Psychological Background of the First Education in Plato's Laws.Elias Georgoulas - 2012 - Apeiron 45 (4):338-353.
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  24. Plato’s Laws: A Critical Guide. Edited by Christopher Bobonich. [REVIEW]Zena Hitz - 2012 - Ancient Philosophy 32 (2):441-446.
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  25. The Doctor-Patient Tie in Plato's Laws: A Backdrop for Reflection.S. B. Levin - 2012 - Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 37 (4):351-372.
    The merit of Plato’s Laws remains largely untapped by those seeking genuinely collaborative models of the doctor–patient tie as alternatives to paternalism and autonomy. A persistent difficulty confronting proposed alternatives has been surpassing the notion of pronounced intellectual and values asymmetry favoring the doctor. Having discussed two prominent proposals, both of which evince marked paternalism, I argue that reflection on Plato yields four criteria that a genuinely collaborative model must meet and suggest how the Laws addresses them. In the process, (...)
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  26. Divine Law and Political Philosophy in Plato's Laws.Mark J. Lutz - 2012 - Northern Illinois University Press.
    Introduction -- The Minos and the Socratic examination of law -- The rational interpretation of divine law -- The examination of laws of Sparta -- Divine law and moral education -- The problem of erotic love and practical reason under divine law -- Perfect justice and divine providence -- The savior of the law.
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  27. The Laws Bobonich Plato's Laws. A Critical Guide. Pp. Viii + 245. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010. Cased, £50, US$80. ISBN: 978-0-521-88463-1. [REVIEW]Susan Sauvé Meyer - 2012 - The Classical Review 62 (1):73-75.
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  28. The Rule of Reason in Plato's Laws.Fred D. Miller Jr - 2012 - In Jonathan Jacobs (ed.), Reason, Religion, and Natural Law: From Plato to Spinoza. Oxford University Press.
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  29. Christopher Bobonich, Ed. , Plato's Laws. A Critical Guide . Reviewed By.John Mouracade - 2012 - Philosophy in Review 32 (5):358-361.
  30. (C.) Bobonich Ed. Plato's Laws: A Critical Guide. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010. Pp. Viii + 245. $80. 97805-21884631. [REVIEW]Gerard Naddaf - 2012 - Journal of Hellenic Studies 132:262-264.
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  31. Plato on Poetry: Imitation or Inspiration?Nickolas Pappas - 2012 - Philosophy Compass 7 (10):669-678.
    A passage in Plato’s Laws offers a fresh look at Plato’s theory of poetry and art. Only here does Plato call poetry both mimêsis “imitation, representation,” and the product of enthousiasmos “inspiration, possession.” The Republic and Sophist examine poetic imitation; the Ion and Phaedrus develop a theory of artistic inspiration; but Plato does not confront the two descriptions together outside this paragraph. After all, mimêsis fuels an attack on poetry, while enthousiasmos is sometimes used to attack it, sometimes to praise (...)
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  32. Plato's Laws: Force and Truth in Politics.Gregory Recco & Eric Sanday (eds.) - 2012 - Indiana University Press.
    Readers of Plato have often neglected the Laws because of its length and density. In this set of interpretive essays, notable scholars of the Laws from the fields of classics, history, philosophy, and political science offer a collective close reading of the dialogue "book by book" and reflect on the work as a whole. In their introduction, editors Gregory Recco and Eric Sanday explore the connections among the essays and the dramatic and productive exchanges between the contributors. This volume fills (...)
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  33. Property, Impiety, and the Problem of Ending: Plato’s Laws Books XI & XII.Eric Sanday - 2012 - In Gregory Recco & Eric Sanday (eds.), Plato's Laws: Force and Truth in Politics. Indiana University Press. pp. 215-235.
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  34. Plato's Laws: A Critical Guide. Edited by Christopher Bobonich. (Cambridge UP, 2010. Pp. Vii + 245. Price £50.00).R. F. Stalley - 2012 - Philosophical Quarterly 62 (247):399-400.
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  35. Plato's Laws: A Critical Guide. Edited by Christopher Bobonich. Pp. Viii, 245, Cambridge University Press, 2010, £50.00/$80.00. [REVIEW]Robin Waterfield - 2012 - Heythrop Journal 53 (3):508-508.
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  36. Colloquium 6: Psychology and Legislation in Plato’s Laws.Sara Brill - 2011 - Proceedings of the Boston Area Colloquium of Ancient Philosophy 26 (1):211-251.
  37. Institutionalizing Dishonour in Plato's Laws.Virginia Hunter - 2011 - Classical Quarterly 61 (1):134-142.
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  38. ‘God or Some Human’: On the Source of Law in Plato’s Laws.Robert Mayhew - 2011 - Ancient Philosophy 31 (2):311-325.
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  39. Plato's Analogy Between Law and Painting: Laws VI.769a-771a.Eugenio Benitez - 2010 - Philosophical Inquiry 32 (1-2):1-19.
  40. Plato's 'Laws': A Critical Guide.Christopher Bobonich (ed.) - 2010 - Cambridge University Press.
    Long understudied, Plato's Laws has been the object of renewed attention in the past decade and is now considered to be his major work of political philosophy besides the Republic. In his last dialogue, Plato returns to the project of describing the foundation of a just city and sketches in considerable detail its constitution, laws and other social institutions. Written by leading Platonists, the essays in this volume cover a wide range of topics central for understanding the Laws, such as (...)
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  41. Ten Tou Aristou Doxan: On the Theory and Practice of Punishment in Plato's Laws.Lewis Cassity-Trelawny - 2010 - Polis 27 (2):222-239.
    The penal code of the Laws has attracted scholarly attention because it appears to advance a coherent theory of punishment. The Laws' suggestion that legislation follow the model of 'free doctors', as well as its discussion of the Socratic paradox, leads one to expect a theory of punishment that recommends kolasis and nouthetesis rather than timoria. In practice, however, the Laws makes use of the language of timoria and categorizes some crimes as voluntary. While the Laws provides a searching criticism (...)
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  42. Politics And Medicine: Plato's Final Word Part Ii: A Rivalry Dissolved: The Restoration Of Medicine's Techne Status In The Laws.Susan Levin - 2010 - Polis 27 (2):193-221.
    This article challenges the widespread assumption that Plato's valuation of medicine remains steady across the corpus. While Plato's opposition to poetry and sophistry/rhetoric endures, in the Laws he no longer views medicine as a rival concerning phusis and eudaimonia. Why is this dispute laid to rest, even as the others continue? This article argues that the Laws' developments with a bearing on medicine stem ultimately from the philosopher-ruler's disappearance. The deeper appreciation of good medical practice that ensues, combined with an (...)
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  43. Plato Laws 10.Robert Mayhew - 2010 - Ancient Philosophy 30 (2):437-441.
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  44. Plato Laws 10, Translated with an Introduction and Commentary by Robert Mayhew.Maria Michela Sassi - 2010 - Ancient Philosophy 30 (2):437.
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  45. Plato and the Need for Law.Anthony Woozley - 2010 - Philosophical Quarterly 60 (239):373-395.
    Was there a major change in Plato's views on the role and importance of law? It can be argued that he held in both 'Republic' and 'Laws' that law and administrators are essential to a state of the best kind, but legislators are not, since legislation has been done by the founders. This interpretation seems to be incompatible with passages in 'Statesman', in which the status and role of law appear to be positively downgraded. The appearance of a contradiction between (...)
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  46. Plato's Laws on Correctness as the Standard of Art.Eugenio Benitez - 2009 - Literature & Aesthetics 19 (1):237-256.
    Most readers of Plato’s dialogues would probably think of him as likely to approve more of the old masters than of new art. The old masters were on the whole far more realistic than modern painters—compare, say, Velázquez Innocent X (1650) with Matisse The Snail (1953)2—and Plato often seems to take issue with an artist if he departs even slightly from realism. A long section of the Ion, for example, is dedicated to showing that experts in charioteering, medicine, and other (...)
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  47. Plato on the Sovereignty of Law.Zena Hitz - 2009 - In Ryan Balot (ed.), The Blackwell Companion to Greek and Roman Political Thought. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell. pp. 367-381.
    This paper is in part an introduction to Plato's late political philosophy. In the central sections, I look at Plato's Laws and Statesman and ask the question of how law can produce authentic virtue. If law is merely coercive or habituating, but virtue requires rational understanding, there will be a gap between what law can do and what it is supposed to do. I examine the solution to this difficulty proposed in the Laws, the persuasive preludes attached to the laws, (...)
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  48. Platonic Myths and Straussian Lies: The Logic of Persuasion.Kenneth Moore - 2009 - Polis 26 (1):89-115.
    This article undertakes to examine the reception of Platonic theories of falsification in the contemporary philosophy of Leo Strauss and his adherents. The aim of the article is to consider the Straussian response to, and interaction with, Platonic ideas concerning deception and persuasion with an emphasis on the arguments found in the Laws. The theme of central interest in this analysis is Plato's development of paramyth in the Laws. Paramyth entails the use of rhetorical language in order to persuade the (...)
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  49. Robert Mayhew (Ed.), Plato: Laws 10.Cătălin Partenie - 2009 - Rhizai. A Journal for Ancient Philosophy and Science:221-223.
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  50. Review of Robert Mayhew, Plato: Laws 10[REVIEW]Nathan Powers - 2009 - Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2009 (2).
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