Kings (and All Politicians) Should Study Philosophy

Plato famously said that philosophers should be in charge of the State, he is often misunderstood. (Musonius Rufus — Lecture VIII)

[image: Aristotle teaching Alexander, Wikimedia; this is essay #309 in the “Philosophy as a Way of Life” series]

“What else would be more serviceable to a king who wished to be good than the study of philosophy? How better or how otherwise could a man be a good ruler or…