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The project, though about Plato, relates to one of the fundamental problems of contemporary civilisation: are human rights, which are based in human dignity, truly universal in space and time? If they are, then the greatest thinker of the ancient times, Plato, has something interesting to say about it.

 

RESEARCH PROJECT

Plato's Conception of Justice

from the Perspective of the Contemporary Foundation of Law in Human Dignity

 

 

 

Research Unit
UNI SWPS english
Grant Amount
156 473 PLN
Funding Source
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Duration of Research Project: 2013–2016


The project, though about Plato, relates to one of the fundamental problems of contemporary civilisation: are human rights, which are  based in human dignity, truly universal in space and time? If they are, then the greatest thinker of the ancient times, Plato, has something interesting to say about it.

Research objectives

The prime objective of the work is a comprehensive reconstruction of Plato’s conception of justice, which takes into account the core of the contemporary axiological foundation of law, that is the recognition of inherent dignity as the source of human rights.

The second objective, is finding and highlighting such elements in Plato’s philosophy. Taking these aspects into consideration allows for presenting an entirely new integral approach to Plato’s conception of justice. It differs from Karl Popper’s proposition dominating the handbooks, which is centred around the idea of Plato’s totalitarianism. Popper’s conception was repeatedly, also quite thoroughly criticised, however no comprehensive positive counterproposition such as the planned monograph has been presented as yet.

The work is to accomplish a historical aim alongside a systematic one that is acquiring knowledge on the axiological foundation of the contemporary legal systems - first of all, on human dignity. This aim may be expressed in the question whether we can learn anything from Plato on the dignity that is recognised in modern acts of law. Plato endeavours to seek dignity not so much in the changeable attributes but rather in the immutable, specific manner of existence.

Researchers

Professor

Marek Piechowiak

Principal Investigator
Professor of Law, holder of a post-doctoral degree (habilitacja) in Philosophy, author of over 120 publications translated into eight languages
marek.piechowiak@swps.edu.pl

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