Socrates, Plato's "Republic" and Leadership Book Review by nickyp

Socrates, Plato's "Republic" and Leadership
This paper outlines the qualities that Socrates believes leaders should have as described in Plato's "Republic."
# 91968 | 1,294 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2006 | US

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This paper is based on Plato's Republic and a conversation that Socrates has with another philosopher on leadership qualities. The role of a good leader, according to the ancient Greeks, is described, along with the necessary character traits. The author also draws attention to the qualities of weak leaders and the methods they use.

From the Paper:

"In Plato's Republic, Socrates discusses importance of being a good ruler and the qualities that person should have. The key trait that he brings to light is having knowledge, often saying that philosophers would make the best rulers because they have the most knowledge of anyone in the state. In the case of Creon from Sophocles' famed play Antigone, he seems to prove Socrates' point by demonstrating that ruling with an iron fist is just a way to cover up for incompetence and lack of the aforementioned knowledge."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Plato's Republic
  • Theban Plays, Sophocles, "Antigone"

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