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Plato's Philosopher Kings

Updated Thursday, 16th July 2015

This short animation, narrated by Aidan Turner, digs deeper into democracy and proposes philosophers would be great leaders. 

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Plato took a dim view of democracy as a process for deciding what to. We need leaders that know what they are doing and voters can't be trusted to choose the right person. Plato thought rulers should be specially-trained philosophers chosen because they were incorruptible and had a deeper knowledge of reality than other people… an idea that only a philosopher could have come up with.

 

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