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    Does Plato suggest that philosophers will have to be forced to rule the city? Please explain.

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    I think there is some ambiguity with regards to this issue in the Republic. In Book Four (473c-e), it is clear that Socrates thinks that the ideal state would be one that had philosophers as kings. However, you can tell from the quotation below that he is reluctant to declare this to his companions:
    <br> "I said: Until philosophers are kings, or the kings and princes of this world have the spirit and power of philosophy, and political greatness and wisdom ...

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