- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Lexington Books (September 1, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0739141473
- ISBN-13: 978-0739141472
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,880,402 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Law Most Beautiful and Best: Medical Argument and Magical Rhetoric in Plato's Laws
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Randall Clark's wonderful analysis of the Laws illuminates the perennial tensions between statesmanship and the rule of law by exploring Plato's emphasis on the need―more important today than ever before―to link the arts of medicine and politics by balancing science, prudence, and persuasion. His exegesis has much to offer even to political theorists not familiar with Plato. (Roger Masters, Dartmouth College)
How can statesmen influence citizens to take necessary but bitter medicine? With an impressive understanding of the variety of ancient Greek medical practices, Clark engages and provokes the reader with his account of the Platonic use of medical imagery to explore the power and limits of rationality in political life. (Christopher Kelly, Boston College)
Clark bringing to bear the eye of an experienced lawyer offers refreshing insight and clarity to our understanding of the Laws. At the same time, he is well informed and rigorous in his scholarship, especially his knowledge of medical lore. This stimulating book would make valuable reading in an advanced course in political philosophy. It is highly recommended. (The Classical Outlook)
The Law Most Beautiful and Best makes a distinctive contribution to the literature on Platonic political philosophy..." (Law and Politics Book Review)
About the Author
Randall Baldwin Clark holds a doctorate in Political Science from the University of Chicago and a law degree from the University of Virginia. Following a year's service in the chambers of the Hon. Edith H. Jones, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and three years in private practice, Mr. Clark returned to the academy, teaching at the George Mason University School of Law and the University of Florida Levin College of Law.