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This is Volume 5 of Benjamin Jowett's translation of the Dialogues of Plato. This, the last volume, contains Plato's work, Laws. A work of political philosophy that explores the nature of law and justice, the dialogue takes place between an Athenian stranger and three inhabitants of the island of Crete, and covers a wide range of topics related to legal and political theory. The dialogue begins with a discussion of the ideal constitution, and the stranger suggests that the laws should be based on reason and justice, rather than on the whims of individuals or the opinions of the majority. The dialogue then goes on to explore the role of law in maintaining order and promoting virtue, as well as the relationship between law and morality. The stranger also argues that the laws should be adapted to the particular circumstances of each city, rather than being imposed from above. The dialogue concludes with a discussion of the importance of education in shaping citizens who will be able to uphold the laws and live virtuous lives.
Part of the Encyclopaedia Britannica’s Great Books of the Western World set.
This book has 241,311 words, and 345 pages in the PDF version. This translation by Benjamin Jowett was originally published in 1892.
Production notes: This ebook of The Dialogues, Volume 5 was published by Global Grey on the 21st January 2023. The artwork used for the cover is 'Plato Mocked by Diogenes' by Hendrick Bloemaert.