philosopher kings

philosopher king

noun
the Platonic ideal of a ruler, philosophically trained and enlightened.

Origin:
1920–25

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philosopher kings
 
pl n
1.  (in the political theory of Plato) the elite whose education has given them true knowledge of the Forms and esp of the Form of the Good, thus enabling them alone to rule justly
2.  informal any ideologically motivated elite

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