Authors
Luke William Hunt
University of Alabama
Abstract
Plato’s Laws include what H.L.A. Hart called the ‘classical thesis’ about the nature and role of law: the law exists to see that one leads a morally good life. This paper develops Hart’s brief remarks by providing a panorama of the classical thesis in Laws. This is done by considering two themes: (1) the extent to which Laws is paternalistic, and (2) the extent to which Laws is naturalistic. These themes are significant for a number of reasons, including because they show how Laws might be viewed as a sophisticated forerunner of natural law theory. The upshot is that Plato's metaphysical commitments about legal ontology allow him to base the truth of legal propositions on the way they relate to the truth of corresponding moral propositions.
Keywords Plato  Laws  Paternalism  Natural law
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1163/20512996-12340142
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy

 PhilArchive page | Other versions
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

Paternalism.Gerald Dworkin - 1972 - The Monist 56 (1):64-84.
Law as a Functional Kind.Michael S. Moore - 1992 - In Robert P. George (ed.), Natural Law Theory: Contemporary Essays. Oxford University Press.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Slaves in Plato's Laws.Amir Meital & Joseph Agassi - 2007 - Philosophy of the Social Sciences 37 (3):315-347.
Plato’s Laws – Status Quaestionis.Dorota Zygmuntowicz - 2008 - Archiwum Historii Filozofii I Myśli Społecznej 53.
Notes on Plato Laws I.–VI.W. R. Paton - 1909 - Classical Quarterly 3 (02):111-.
Notes on Plato Laws I.–VI.W. R. Paton - 1909 - Classical Quarterly 3 (2):111-113.
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.
Plato's 'Laws': A Critical Guide.Christopher Bobonich (ed.) - 2010 - Cambridge University Press.
Akrasia and Self-Rule in Plato's Laws.Joshua Wilburn - 2012 - Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy 43:25-53.
Commentary on Bobonich.Jyl Gentzler - 1995 - Proceedings of the Boston Area Colloquium of Ancient Philosophy 11 (1):140-153.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2018-04-19

Total views
537 ( #16,237 of 2,507,704 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
66 ( #12,258 of 2,507,704 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes