Entry from US English dictionary
(In the political theory of Plato) the elite whose knowledge enables them to rule justly.
- Scientific method was purported to be pure; its aim was to find abstract, universal truths ‘out there’ that could be brought back to enlighten the masses, like the philosopher king who returns to Plato's cave.
- Abraham, the first hero of biblical myth, is the image of Plato's philosopher king - a powerful force in affairs of state whose major passion is for truth.
- Henry was a great philosopher king, a student of Greek, Jewish and Arab learning.
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Syllabification: phi·los·o·pher kings
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