Platonic Philosophy of Law

  • Richard F. Stalley


Plato (427–347 B.C.) belonged to an aristocratic Athenian family and appears to have been a follower of Socrates from an early age.2 A letter ascribed to him describes how he originally intended a political career but decided after Socrates’ death to devote himself to philosophy (Ep. VII.324b–326b). To this end he founded a school, known as the Academy, in which he was joined by many pupils including Aristotle. In his later life he made two visits to Syracuse, apparently with the intention of educating the young ruler of the city in the ways of philosophy (Ep. VII.342a–e; 345c–352a). This brief involvement in practical politics was totally unsuccessful.3


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard F. Stalley
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  1. 1.Social Philosophy and Policy FoundationBowling GreenUSA

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