Purchase Solution

Help with Plato's book Republic

Not what you're looking for?

Ask Custom Question

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

Purchase this Solution

Solution Summary

This solution helps with a problem regarding Plato's republic.

Solution Preview

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 ...

Purchase this Solution

Free BrainMass Quizzes
Descartes Meditations on First Philosophy

Short quiz relating to Descartes

The World Health Organization

This quiz assesses the students knowledge about the World Health Organization. Although listed under “Philosophy” it is relevant to health care, political science, pre-med, and social scientist students as well.