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Plato’s philosopher kings

2 minutes

Why Plato believed that philosopher kings – not democracy – should run the state

Think modern democracy is stagnant, stifled by bureaucracy and undone by a fickle populace? Plato saw it coming from some two-and-a-half millennia away. This short animation from BBC Radio 4 explains why Plato had little love for democracy, and believed that it was the true elite – trained philosophers, of course – who should steer the ship of state.

Video by BBC Radio 4

Script: Nigel Warburton

Animation: Andrew Park

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