Slaves in Plato's laws

Amir Meital*, Joseph Agassi

*Corresponding author for this work

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Plato suggested ways to regulate and integrate slaves within the legal system of his Utopian Cretan polis Magnesia as described in his work, Laws. This text alone invalidates most criticism of Popper's presentation of Plato's political views. His 50-year-old reading of Plato fits the text better than any other. To preserve the noble tradition of classical scholarship, classical scholars should acknowledge explicitly that he was correct, and that by now they have surreptitiously incorporated the substance of his views.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)315-347
Number of pages33
JournalPhilosophy of the Social Sciences
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2007


  • Apologetics
  • Classical scholarship
  • Laws
  • Plato
  • Popper
  • Slavery


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