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Virtue and Law in Plato and Beyond

Julia Annas


The Laws is Plato’s second attempt to outline an ideal society. It does not, as often thought, introduce the rule of law as a rejection of the rule of virtue in the Republic. In the Laws the place of law in the development of virtue is rethought, and Plato tempers the importance of obedience to law with the need for citizens to understand their laws as structuring a virtuous way of life in which they actively participate. Plato now develops a fresh methodology for political thought, one which learns from the past, and recognizes the value in a good society of citizen participation, and of a nu ... More

Keywords: virtue, law, Plato, ideal theory, natural law

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198755746
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198755746.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Julia Annas, author
University of Arizona