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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.


Hatzistavrou, A. (2018). Plato's legal postivism in the Laws. Jurisprudence, 9(2), 209-235.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 22, 2016
Online Publication Date Jan 16, 2017
Publication Date 2018
Deposit Date Nov 14, 2016
Publicly Available Date Nov 14, 2016
Journal Jurisprudence
Print ISSN 2040-3313
Electronic ISSN 2040-3321
Publisher Routledge
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 9
Issue 2
Pages 209-235
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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