- the Platonic ideal of a ruler, philosophically trained and enlightened.
Origin of philosopher king
First recorded in 1920–25
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Examples from the Web for philosopher-king
But if the President was not the philosopher-king, what was he?The Economic Consequences of the Peace
John Maynard Keynes
So thought the philosopher-King of Prussia, when he let his regiments out of garrison to go and face the enemy.Rambles and Recollections of an Indian Official
A smile in Plato at the sight of his philosopher-King in such strange company might well be pardoned.Political Thought in England from Locke to Bentham
Harold J. Laski
Diceneus, philosopher-king of Dacia, perhaps Cassiodorus' ideal of a king, 32.The Letters of Cassiodorus
Cassiodorus (AKA Magnus Aurelius Cassiodorus Senator)
Shall we, then, have the philosopher-king, as Europe dimly seems to half expect?The World's Greatest Books, Vol XII.
In the Republic by Plato, the ideal ruler, who has the virtue and wisdom of a philosopher.
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