Why the Philosopher Kings will believe the Noble Lie

Rowett, Catherine (2016) Why the Philosopher Kings will believe the Noble Lie. Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy, 50. pp. 67-100.

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One puzzle about the so-called “Noble Lie” is how, if at all, the rulers in the ideal state (so-called “philosopher kings and queens”) could be brought to believe it. In this paper I show that the story that they are to endorse is hard to believe not because it is false but because it conveys a message that is challenging to both aristocratic and democratic ideologies. It is also couched in imagery that will make sense to the philosopher first and above all, particularly once she or he has emerged from the Cave and discovered the truth.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: republic,noble lie,philosopher kings
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies
University of East Anglia > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Philosophy
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2016 09:08
Last Modified: 03 Apr 2021 00:33
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/57638
DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198778226.003.0003

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