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Plato's Laws
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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 a major gap in studies on Plato's dialogues by addressing the cultural and historical context of the Laws and highlighting their importance to contemporary scholarship.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. 2-5
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. 6-7
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-10
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  1. 1. Reading the Laws as a Whole: Horizon, Vision, and Structure
  2. pp. 11-30
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  1. 2. "Eρως and the Laws in Historical Context
  2. pp. 31-47
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  1. 3. The Long and Winding Road: Impediments to Inquiry in Book 1 of the Laws
  2. pp. 48-59
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  1. 4. Education in Plato’s Laws
  2. pp. 60-74
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  1. 5. On Beginning after the Beginning
  2. pp. 75-85
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  1. 6. It Is Difficult for a City with Good Laws to Come into Existence: On Book 4
  2. pp. 86-104
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  1. 7. “He Saw the Cities and He Knew the Minds of Many Men”: Landscape and Character in the Odyssey and the Laws
  2. pp. 105-117
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  1. 8. On the Human and the Divine: Reading the Prelude in Plato’s Laws 5
  2. pp. 118-132
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  1. 9. Being True to Equality: Human Allotment and the Judgment of Zeus
  2. pp. 133-143
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  1. 10. The “Serious Play” of Book 7 of Plato’s Laws
  2. pp. 144-153
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  1. 11. No Country for Young Men: Eros as Outlaw in Plato’s Laws
  2. pp. 154-168
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  1. 12. On the Implications of Human Mortality: Legislation, Education, and Philosophy in Book 9 of Plato’s Laws
  2. pp. 169-188
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  1. 13. “A Soul Superlatively Natural”: Psychic Excess in Laws 10
  2. pp. 189-214
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  1. 14. Property and Impiety in Plato’s Laws: Books 11 and 12
  2. pp. 215-236
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 237-244
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 245-246
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 247-248
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