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Virtue and Law in Plato and Beyond

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2018.07.03 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Julia Annas, Virtue and Law in Plato and Beyond, Oxford University Press, 2017, 234pp., $45.00, ISBN 9780198755746. Reviewed by Chris Bobonich, Stanford University This superb book clearly displays Annas' characteristic keen sense of what the important philosophical problems are and her willingness to offer bold, new interpretations. Her central question here is how the law can develop and sustain genuine virtue in the citizens to whom it applies. She pursues these questions by examining Plato's Republic in the initial chapter, the Laws in the next four, and Cicero and Philo each in one chapter. The Republic chapter rightly emphasizes law's pervasiveness in Kallipolis. Annas holds that it is "because of the excellence of [Kallipolis'] laws that people brought up to obey them develop virtue rather than other traits" (23). All citizens, including the rulers, are brought up to... Read More

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