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Plato's legal postivism in the Laws

Hatzistavrou, Antony



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.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2018
Journal Jurisprudence
Print ISSN 2040-3313
Electronic ISSN 2040-3321
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 9
Issue 2
Pages 209-235
APA6 Citation Hatzistavrou, A. (2018). Plato's legal postivism in the Laws. Jurisprudence, 9(2), (209-235). doi:10.1080/20403313.2016.1268445. ISSN 2040-3313
Keywords Plato; Laws; Legal positivism; Natural law; Human agency
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Additional Information This is the accepted manuscript of an article published in Jurisprudence, 2018. The version of record is available at the DOI link in this record.


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