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Plato's Utopia RecastHis Later Ethics and Politics$
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Christopher Bobonich

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199251438

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199251436.001.0001

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The Citizens of Magnesia

The Citizens of Magnesia

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(p.374) 5 The Citizens of Magnesia
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Plato's Utopia Recast
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Christopher Bobonich (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199251436.003.0005

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

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