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Why did Plato hate democracy??

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di88di | Student | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 31, 2007 at 5:58 PM via web

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Why did Plato hate democracy??

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Jamie Wheeler | College Teacher | eNotes Employee

Posted May 31, 2007 at 8:51 PM (Answer #1)

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Well, "hate" may be too strong of a word, but he certainly wasn't a fan. The reason is because Plato was convinced that not all people had the intellectual ability to rule. It is an elitist position, to be sure, but Plato argues that the masses are not capable of deep thought and need a select number of "philosopher kings" to guide them.

A democracy, by definition, is rule by the people. Rarely are those chosen by "the people" philosopher kings...

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