Chapter

The Citizens of Magnesia

Christopher Bobonich

in Plato's Utopia Recast

Published in print July 2002 | ISBN: 9780199251438
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597084 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199251436.003.0005
 The Citizens of Magnesia

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Since in the Laws Plato comes to think that non‐philosophers are capable of genuine virtue, new conceptions of what a good city is and of what a good citizen is are both possible and required. This chapter explores these conceptions and in doing so examines Plato's understanding of proper political rule, the goodness of ethical activity, and the city's theology. I also discuss some of the details of the political and social structure of the city of the Laws (Magnesia) and the ways in which such a city is ‘second best’.

Keywords: citizenship; good city; goodness; Magnesia; nocturnal council; political community; political rule

Chapter.  44805 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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