Who Guards The Guardians Argumentative Essay by Top Papers

Who Guards The Guardians
An argument against Plato's ideal "Republic".
# 144063 | 1,000 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2009 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2009 in Literature (Greek and Roman) , Philosophy (Ancient Greek)

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In the guise of an Op-ed poiece for a major U.S. newspaper, this essay examines the need to downgrade Plato and his ideal "Republic" since it was and remains an elitist notion which discriminates against the elderly, women, the working class and elevates only philsoophers as "guardians" of the state. The paper discusses how the question remains; Who guards the guardians?

From the Paper:

"The idea of an ideal state, a Republic, that Plato envisioned is fundamentally flawed. It is a sort of private membership club where membership is strictly limited, in this case to the wise, the well-educated and the high-born. It is, in fact, a plutocracy. There is an upper crust mentality which limits participation of the unworthy- including soldiers, women lower class workers and slaves. This "Republic" is in fact a plutocracy. But even if one would permit only the chosen few to guard over the state, who guards the guardians? Who watches over the misrule, the unwise decision, the pompous bombast of the politician..."

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