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Philosopher‐Kings and Queens

Dominic J. O’Meara

in Platonopolis

Published in print September 2005 | ISBN: 9780199285532
Published online January 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780191717819 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199285532.003.0007
 Philosopher‐Kings and Queens

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This chapter explores the reasons why a philosopher should take an interest in political life, as these reasons were discussed by Neoplatonists: the motivation derives from sharing in the absolute Good. The question of the philosopher-king’s happiness (can it suffer from political involvement?) is also discussed, as is the Neoplatonic defence of Plato’s claim that women philosophers should also rule (philosopher-queens).

Keywords: political motivation; philosopher’s happiness; philosopher-king; philosopher-queen; The Good

Chapter.  6399 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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