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The Argument and the Action of Plato’s Laws

The posthumous publication of The Argument and the Action of Plato’s "Laws" was compiled shortly before the death of Leo Strauss in 1973. Strauss offers an insightful and instructive reading through careful probing of Plato’s classic text.

"Strauss’s The Argument and the Action of Plato’s ’Laws’ reflects his interest in political thought, his dogged method of following the argument of the Laws step by step, and his vigorous defense of this dialogue’s integrity in respect to the ideals of the Republic."—Cross Currents

"The unique characteristics of this commentary on the Laws reflect the care and precision which were the marks of Professor Strauss’s efforts to understand the complex thoughts of other men."—Allan D. Nelson, Canadian Journal of Political Science

"Thorough and provocative, an important addition to Plato scholarship."—Library Journal

"The major purpose of the commentary is to provide a reading of the dialogue which displays its structural arrangement and the continuity of the argument."—J. W. Dy, Bibliographical Bulletin of Philosophy

"The reader of Strauss’s book is indeed guided closely through the whole text."— M. J. Silverthorne, The Humanities Association Review

Leo Strauss (1899-1973) was the Robert Maynard Hutchins Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of political science at the University of Chicago.

196 pages | 6 x 9 | © 1975

Classical Studies

Philosophy: History and Classic Works

Political Science: Political and Social Theory

Table of Contents

Foreword by Joseph Cropsey
The Argument and the Action of Plato’s Laws
Book One
Book Two
Book Three
Book Four
Book Five
Book Six
Book Seven
Book Eight
Book Nine
Book Ten
Book Eleven
Book Twelve

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