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A Discussion of S.S. Meyer, Plato. Laws 1 and 2

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This article reviews Susan Sauvé Meyer’s new commentary on Laws 1–2 in the Plato Clarendon Series. The commentary offers a lucidly written and highly accessible introduction to Laws 1-2 to philosophical readers without knowledge of Greek. This review will focus on two new interpretations Meyer puts forward: the more philological problem of the third criterion of musical judgement in Book 2, and Meyer’s overall approach to the discussion about virtue that structures the argument of Books 1-2. It is argued, first, that Meyer convincingly solves the long-standing puzzle of the third element that needs to be taken into account when evaluating art; second, that her approach to virtue combines two views that, however, on closer inspection appear to sit somewhat uneasily together.

Affiliations: 1: Universität Erfurt, Professur für Antike Kultur myrthe.l.bartels@gmail.com

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