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Plato on Democracy - Dictionary of Arguments

Höffe I 22
Democracy/Platon/Höffe: Plato's thesis in the apology: In existentially important issues one must not give in to a democratic majority.
Höffe I 24
The Gorgias also deals with fundamental weaknesses of democracy; it justifies ( governmental ) punishment and for the first time suggests the idea of the rule of the philosophers (philosopher king). Plato connects it with a historical figure, Socrates, to whom he attributes a true art of statecraft (politikê technê).
Techne: It is not political know-how in the usual sense, but philosophical knowledge combined with the right choice of life. It is therefore a policy that does not start with the institutions, but with the necessary conditions for a good living together, the attitudes of the "soul". See >Techne/Aristotle.


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Höffe I
Otfried Höffe
Geschichte des politischen Denkens München 2016


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