Plato’s Kings

In “The Republic: The Philosopher King”, Plato presents us with his view of who should lead a nation. He tells us that he thinks the philosopher kings are the precise men to lead a nation. However, what sort of qualities do these particular kings possess? Plato gives us a clear example of the qualities he wants his philosopher kings to have. He says they are to have: A good memory, and be quick to learn–noble, gracious, the friend of truth, justice, courage, and temperance. Without these qualities, Plato deems someone not fit to rule in his kingdom.

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