In this paper, the author reassesses the place of Plato’s Laws in the history of legal thought. In virtue of the account of law that he presents in the Laws, Plato has been traditionally credited with a natural law theory of law. The author challenges that ‘orthodox’ interpretation and argues that in the Laws Plato presents an account of the nature of law that belongs to the tradition of legal positivism.
Hatzistavrou, A. (2018). Plato's legal postivism in the Laws. Jurisprudence, 9(2), 209-235. https://doi.org/10.1080/20403313.2016.1268445