A Journey Into Platonic Politics: Plato's Laws

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What's the proper role of religion in public life? It's a question no contemporary student of politics can ignore. This book takes the reader on a journey through the classic treatment of this query, a journey replete with observations on manners, customs, and legislation ancient and modern.

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What the reader will find in A Journey into Platonic Politics is an outstanding example of philosophical exposition...One could hardly ask for a better, more straightforward elucidation of Plato's final dialogue and I foresee this text becoming an essential guide for any who study the Laws.--Kenneth Royce Moore, University of Edinburgh "Polis "

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Albert Keith Whitaker is Adjunct Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Boston College. He earned his Ph.D. from the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago.

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