Plato against the atheists, or, The tenth book of the dialogue on laws, accompanied with critical notes, and followed by extended dissertations on some of the main points of the Platonic philosophy and theology, especially as compared with the holy scriptures [electronic resource].
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- New York, N.Y. : Harper and Brothers, 1845.
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- "The Treatise on Laws is undoubtedly intended for a really practicable, if not a really existing State. In discussing, however, the primary principles of legislation, the author takes a very wide range, occupying far more time in what he styles the preambles, or recommendatory reasonings about the laws, than in the laws themselves. Hence there are but few points in the Platonic philosophy and ethics, as exhibited in the other dialogues, but what have some representative here. We find the same questions started respecting the nature and origin of virtue-that is, whether the virtues are all so essentially connected that one cannot exist without the others. We find the same views in regard to the end and origin of law-the importance in all things of looking to the idea. There is the same reverence for antiquity and ancient myths' the same disposition to regard religion as the beginning and foundation of every system of civil polity, and the same method of representing the ideas of a God, of his goodness, his providence, of a present and future retribution, as lying at the foundation of all morals and all religion. Even in the departments of psychology and ontology we find many things in The Laws which remind us of the author of the Pheedon, the Parmenides, and the Thesetetus. The favourite doctrines and methods of reasoning contained in the Gorgias are exhibited everywhere; and perhaps there is no other part of Plato's works more in the style and spirit of the Timseus than this very tenth book of The Laws, which we have selected as the ground of our comments in the present work"--Introduction. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2009 APA, all rights reserved).
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