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Philosophers in the "Republic": Plato's Two Paradigms

Roslyn Weiss


In Plato's Republic, Socrates contends that philosophers make the best rulers because only they behold with their mind's eye the eternal and purely intelligible Forms of the Just, the Noble, and the Good. When they are endowed with an array of moral, intellectual, and personal virtues and appropriately educated, surely no one could doubt the wisdom of entrusting to them the governance of cities? Although it is widely assumed that all the Republic's philosophers are the same, the Republic actually contains two distinct portrayals of the philosopher. According to the book, Plato's two paradigms ... More

Keywords: Socrates, philosophers, Republic, Plato, philosopher by nature, philosopher by design, moral philosophy, political philosophy

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Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780801449741
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801449741.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Roslyn Weiss, author
Lehigh University

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