A Problem in Plato’s Laws

  • Irving M. Copi
Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 43)


In Book IX of Plato’s Laws a conflict arises between the needs of practical legislation and the Platonic principle that all wrongdoing is involuntary. That there is a conflict seems obvious. For example, our present common law distinction between voluntary manslaughter and involuntary manslaughter is important morally as well as legally. And since manslaughter of either sort is wrong, the distinction appears to collapse if all wrongdoing is involuntary.


Moral Appraisal Bullet Wound Evil Deed Involuntary Manslaughter Voluntary Manslaughter 
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© D. Reidel Publishing Company, Dordrecht-Holland 1976

Authors and Affiliations

  • Irving M. Copi
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  1. 1.University of HawaiiUSA

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