Editing and distributing a book on the relationship between medical practice and political philosophy

It is important to gain a more thorough understanding of the intersection between law, medicine and political philosophy. Over the past decade, legal theorists and moral philosophers eager to legitimate the institution of democratic governance have vigorously advocated the proposition that the political realm should be -- and can become -- one in which speech rather than coercion is definitive. To that end, Randall Clark's book, "The Law Most Beautiful and Best: Medical Argument and Magical Rhetoric in Plato's Laws," asks whether and to what extent political leaders in a parliamentary democracy deeply committed to the principle of rational discourse must make use of the irrational art of rhetoric to secure voluntary obedience to the law. This grant provides support to cover both the cost of completing the manuscript by August 2002 and enable a broader distribution of the book to law libraries or libraries otherwise unlikely to allocate funds for a work on medical decorum and ancient philosophy. This project will be considered successful if its distribution contributes to the debate regarding the scholarly understanding of the ancient relationship between medical practice and political philosophy.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $14,977.00

Awarded on: 8/31/2001

Time frame: 9/1/2001 - 8/31/2002

Grant Number: 40931


University of Virginia Law School Foundation

P.O. Box 400405
Charlottesville, 22904-4405


Walter J. Wadlington
Project Director