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Plato and the CityA New Introduction to Plato's Political Thought$
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Jean-Francois Pradeau

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780859896535

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9780859896535.001.0001

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The City, a World of Politics: The Laws

The City, a World of Politics: The Laws

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Plato and the City

Jean-François Pradeau

Liverpool University Press

This chapter explores the political philosophy behind Plato's work the Laws. It states that the Laws aim to explain how to effectively govern a city within the context of unpredictable and unfortunate circumstances: accidents, human weaknesses, and ignorance. In spite of its sinister tone, the Laws remained faithful to Plato's political philosophy, as it remain to argue that it is only through intelligence that a city can be ruled – echoing the Republic's claim that philosophers should be kings.

Keywords:   political philosophy, Laws, Republic, Plato, philosophers, unfortunate circumstances, city

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