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Title: Quelques réflexions sur la façon dont Platon fait parler les lois
Authors: Bertrand, Jean-Marie
Keywords: Platolawcommunitysocial contract
Issue Date: 2007
Publisher: EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste
Source: 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.
Series/Report no.: Etica & Politica / Ethics & Politics
IX (2007) 1
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.
Type: Article
ISSN: 1825-5167
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