A Problem in Plato’s Laws
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.
KeywordsMoral Appraisal Bullet Wound Evil Deed Involuntary Manslaughter Voluntary Manslaughter
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