Positure in Plato’s Laws: An Introduction to Figuration on Civic Education

Joshua M. Hall

Abstract:

Purpose: The aim of the research was to determine the benefits of applying the new Figuration philosophy of dance, based in part on Plato, to civic education.

Design/methodology: A close phenomenological reading of Plato’s The Laws, with a strategic focus on its account of the concept of posture.

Findings: Plato considers posture to be central to dance education, which in turn is central to civic education, as suggested by concrete analyses of dance based on posture.

Research limitations: Further studies on this subject are required in order to achieve a more nuanced and balanced account of the concepts of posture articulated by other philosophers and theorists.

Practical implications: More resources must be allocated to dance and dance education, in the interest of fostering civic education, and the political virtue that results therefrom.

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DOI: 10.4119/UNIBI/jsse-v15-i4-1535

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