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The authority of law in Plato's Crito

Hatzistavrou, Antony

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Antony Hatzistavrou, ‘The Authority of Law in Plato’s Crito’, Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence, Vol. XXXII, No. 2 (August 2019).
In this article I analyze the speech of the Laws in Plato’s Crito from a jurisprudential perspective. More specifically I explore the Laws’ views about the authority of law. I offer new interpretations of their famous ‘persuade or obey’ alternative and of their arguments about their superior moral status and the agreements of the citizens with them. I also explore the rather neglected topic of the mental attitude towards their authority that they demand from the citizens and conclude with a discussion of their understanding of the relation between law and morality. I approach the speech of the Laws as a historian of legal thought and try to locate their arguments firmly within both the context of the ancient Athenian legal system and the context of Platonic philosophy.

KEYWORDS: authority of law, Plato, Crito, ancient Athenian law

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Aug 20, 2019
Journal Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence
Print ISSN 0841-8209
Publisher Cambridge University Press (CUP)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume XXXII
Issue 2
Pages 365-387
APA6 Citation Hatzistavrou, A. (2019). The authority of law in Plato's Crito. Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence, XXXII(2), 365-387. https://doi.org/10.1017/cjlj.2019.24
DOI https://doi.org/10.1017/cjlj.2019.24
Publisher URL https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/canadian-journal-of-law-and-jurisprudence/article/authority-of-law-in-platos-crito/EB08BC33A7218C48C64A4CCC3F71242F

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