author={Andr{\'e} Laks},
  journal={Social Philosophy and Policy},
  pages={130 - 152}
  • A. Laks
  • Published 29 May 2007
  • Philosophy
  • Social Philosophy and Policy
This essay aims at establishing that the word “free” (eleutheros) and related terms are used by Plato in the Laws in two main senses. There is, first, the constitutional meaning of “freedom” which is put to work in book 3 in order to analyze moderately good and degenerate forms of historical constitutions. Strikingly enough, this meaning does not play any subsequent role in the shaping of the Platonic constitution itself—a fact which requires some kind of explanation. There is, then, scattered… 

The Mixed Constitution in Plato’s Laws

  • Jeremy Reid
  • Philosophy
    Australasian Journal of Philosophy
  • 2020
ABSTRACT In Plato's Laws, the Athenian Visitor says that the best constitution is a mixture of monarchy and democracy. This is the theoretical basis for the institutions of Magnesia, and it helps the

Why Does Plato's Laws Exist?

If the ideal city described at length in Plato’s Republic is a perfect and philosophically attractive encapsulation of Plato’s political philosophy, why does Plato go on to write the Laws – which

Truth and Tradition in Plato and the Cambridge Platonists

Both Plato and the Cambridge Platonists hold the view that moral knowledge depends primarily on cognitive resources which are innate to the mind. There is, nevertheless, a need for our minds to be

Bibliographie Platonicienne 2007-2008

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Free to Play: An Analysis in Aesthetic, Ethical, and Religious Movements

Free to Play: An Analysis in Aesthetic, Ethical, and Religious Movements

The Philosophy of Freedom and the History of Art: An Interdisciplinary View

This article investigates the relationship between the philosophy of freedom and the history of art. It maintains that contemplating the two fields together is productive and necessary in

Placing Plato in the history of liberty

  • M. Lane
  • Philosophy, History
  • 2020
ABSTRACT This paper explores and reevaluates the place of Plato in the history of liberty. In the first half, reevaluating the view that he invents a concept of ‘positive liberty’ in the Republic, I

Is Socrates free? The Theaetetus as case study

ABSTRACT Most scholars agree that Plato’s concept of freedom, to the extent he has one, is ‘intellectualist’: true freedom is submission to the rule of reason through philosophical knowledge of