Plato's Cretan City: A Historical Interpretation of the Laws

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Princeton University Press, 1960 - 623 pagine

Plato's Cretan City is a thorough investigation into the roots of Plato's Laws and a compelling explication of his ideas on legislation and social institutions. A dialogue among three travelers, the Laws proposes a detailed plan for administering a new colony on the island of Crete. In examining this dialogue, Glenn Morrow describes the contemporary Greek institutions in Athens, Crete, and Sparta on which Plato based his model city, and explores the philosopher's proposed regulations concerning property, the family, government, and the administration of justice, education, and religion. He approaches the Laws as both a living document of reform and a philosophical inquiry into humankind's highest earthly duty.

 

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Indice

Introduction
3
Crete
17
tween Cretan and Spartan laws 32 Importance for Plato of their
34
Sparta
40
Excursus B Platos Version of Peloponnesian History
63
Athens
74
Property and the Family
95
Government
153
Apollo and the Sacred Law The necessity of preserving ancient
409
Religious Officials Temples and their treasurers 411 Priests
430
Zeus 436 Athena 438 Apollo 438 Hera 439 others 440
440
Plato regard the Olympians as gods? 444 The astral gods
449
The afterlife not to be dreaded 454 except by the wicked
455
The worship of daemons 457 and heroes 459 The cult
470
soul in nature 481 and of rational soul in the heavens
482
belief that the gods can be bribed 486 The ignoratio elenchi
488

The Assembly and the Council The assembly an assembly
161
its constitution and mode of election 166 Platos reasons
176
The Magistrates Generals and other military officers 178
186
of public revenue 191 The omission of archons
194
a to supervise
200
cial functions 203 The manner of their election given in
211
Platos introduction of a special body of peculiar dig
227
The Administration of Justice
241
Education
297
Religion
399
Excursus E The Election of the Exegetes
496
The Nocturnal Council 5
500
Excursus F Philippus of Opus
515
The Mixed Constitution
521
The Rule of Law
544
The Rule of Philosophy
573
Retrospect
591
General Index
597
Index of Passages 69
615
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Glenn R. Morrow (1895-1976) was Adam Seybert Professor of Moral and Intellectual Philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania.

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