Greatness of Soul and the Souls of Women: Plato’s Laws as an Introduction to Rousseau’s Letter to D’Alembert
George Mason University School of Law
October 3, 2012
American Dialectic, Vol. 2, No. 3, September 2012, pp. 216-249
George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 12-65
This article takes a new look at the education of women in Plato’s Laws. It will be followed by a second article in American Dialectic showing how Rousseau made use of the dialogue in addressing a specific issue of political reform during his own time. As I hope to show, the obvious parallels involving the political effects of imitative poetry and drama are not the only signs of Plato’s influence on Rousseau, and perhaps not the most important. I will also argue that the apparent inconsistency between some of Rousseau’s most important recommendations and those found in the Laws actually reflects a deeper agreement about the principles on which such reforms should be based.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 35
Keywords: Athenian Stranger, Collected Writings, Cretan, Discourse on the Sciences and the Arts, Dorians, economics, Emile, Jean-Jacques, Julie, Kleinias, Knossian, logos, Lycurgus, Magnesia, marriage, Megillus, New Heloise, Oeuvres Complètes, Republic, Social Contract, Socrates, Spartan, theater, virtuous
JEL Classification: I21, N33
Date posted: October 3, 2012
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