A look at Plato’s views on homosexuality: ‘How to discourage unnatural sexual intercourse’.


In ‘The Laws’ Plato describes in fascinating detail a comprehensive system of legislation in a utopia he named Magnesia. His laws not only govern crime and punishment, but also form a code of conduct for all aspects of life in his ideal state – from education, sport and religion to sexual behaviour, marriage and even drinking parties.

His views on homosexuality are found in Book Eight, sections 838 – 841. I read from the Penguin Classics edition https://www.amazon.co.uk/Laws-Penguin-Classics-Plato/dp/0140449841/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=plato+laws&qid=1608984315&sr=8-1



Categories: Homosexuality, Plato

4 replies

  1. And also John 1:1 was Platonism

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  2. Plato would have been a spectacularly narrow minded oppressive thinking Roman Catholic with regard to sex.

    1) why in Earth why would God care about homosexuality.

    2) why did God create homosexuality & homosexuals if God didn’t want homosexuality to exist?

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