Plato's Laws

Force and Truth in Politics

Edited by Gregory Recco and Eric Sanday

Contributions by Robert D. Metcalf, Mark Munn, Mitchell Miller, David Roochnik, Patricia Fagan, John Russon, Francisco Gonzalez, Eric Salem, Sara Brill, Catherine H. Zuckert and Michael Zuckert

Published by: Indiana University Press

258 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 x 0.00 in

  • Paperback
  • 9780253001825
  • Published: February 2013


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  • 9780253001887
  • Published: February 2013


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.