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the Platonic ideal of a ruler, philosophically trained and enlightened.
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Origin of philosopher king
First recorded in 1920–25
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How to use philosopher king in a sentence
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.|Arthur Mee
The Philosopher King is perfectly willing, "provided you don't involve me in Wars with my neighbors."History of Friedrich II. of Prussia, Vol. XXI. (of XXI.)|Thomas Carlyle
The true statesman, the philosopher king, in Plato's phrase, sees and serves the public good.The Five Great Philosophies of Life|William de Witt Hyde
They sought in him the philosopher king—that mirage which, as we have noted, Confucius and Plato had sought in their day.The Outline of History: Being a Plain History of Life and Mankind|Herbert George Wells
Cultural definitions for philosopher king
In the Republic by Plato, the ideal ruler, who has the virtue and wisdom of a philosopher.
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