philosopher kings

philosopher kings

pl n
1. (Philosophy) (in the political theory of Plato) the elite whose education has given them true knowledge of the Forms and esp of the Form of the Good, thus enabling them alone to rule justly
2. informal any ideologically motivated elite
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Beginning from root ontological assumptions and climbing to the crown of the philosopher kings, Thakkar argues that Plato's idealism does not float deracinated among ethereal unworldly objects but is rather grounded in real politics with implications for today.
In Nigeria, most leaders often present themselves as the Greek philosopher kings of ancient times.
Some, like Nechi Nech or Hadag Nachash, are the scene's philosopher kings, emotive and insightful and inspiring.
"I sat in the middle of it, attempting to encourage a group of men - including some hyper-masculine, macho characters alongside some of the more pious and calm - to sit in a circle and discuss Kant's Categorical Imperative and Plato's notion of Philosopher Kings in a calm and sensible manner.
The topics are Africa's philosopher kings, coming of age, the path to power, the domestic president, the foreign policy president, the post-presidency, and legacy.
The members of The Florida Bar are not philosopher kings and queens, and the Bar's constant meddling in issues best resolved and advanced through democratic processes remains both unseemly and needlessly provocative.
(One might also contrast these conclusions with Aristotle's recommendations for reading, writing, gymnastics, drawing, and music.) On who should be educated: Plato's proposition of extracting for schooling only a handful of "philosopher kings" was broadened by Aristotle's' suggestion to educate all (five years and older, and except for women and slaves), but Dewey's progressive and experiential approaches were targeted towards all students.
Even if the ultimate goal of morality is virtue, this cannot be socialized from the center to the periphery via the states governed by philosopher kings as imagined by Plato and al-Farabi.
The academy aimed high: Plato wanted to educate rulers to become "philosopher kings." He held that knowledge was essential to a good government.
The influence of the Socialist Utopian view of the world is still with us today, of course, under a variety of different titles and schemes, and they all share the same fatal flaw that dooms Marxism every time: that some "educated elite" or, to quote Plato, mythical "Philosopher Kings" could lead the masses to utopia.
PROGRESS is produced by both Saldanamora and Nicole Wright ("The Philosopher Kings").
Thus the famous dialectic, Plato's favourite method for doing philosophy and the philosopher kings' ultimate method for ascension to the Forms, is presented in the dialogue, but is not employed in Socrates' conversation with Glaucon or Adeimantus.