Quelques réflexions sur la façon dont Platon fait parler les lois
Antiphon is an essential author of the Sophist period. According to him, law is the enemy of man, because it forbids him to freely exercise his natural capacities. Plato in the Laws believes that one can live in harmony both with nature and positive law provided that the legislator has based the legitimacy of lawmaking on his knowledge of the divine project. Therefore, man can follow divine instructions, transmitted through the legislative discourse, and can comply with the best in his own nature. Each individual, in the City, lives individually his relation with law as is described in Crito, without this law becoming a ‘social contract’, since the political system finds coherence and harmony in the practice of binding collective rituals.
Etica & Politica / Ethics & Politics
IX (2007) 1
EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste
Jean-Marie Bertrand, "Quelques réflexions sur la façon dont Platon fait parler les lois", in: Etica & Politica / Ethics & Politics, IX (2007) 1, pp. 173-180.