How Far Did Plato And Xenophon Support The Division Of Labour?


Source: Sena Özyapı
Affiliation: Medium

In this article, Sena Özyapı discusses the ancient roots of Adam Smith's idea of division of labor. She focuses on two philosophers in particular – Plato and Xenophon. Plato argues for specialization on the grounds of human nature. Meanwhile, Xenophon argues that it bolsters productivity, but it also might negatively impact craftsmanship. 

Keywords: Adam Smith , Division of Labor , Economy , Philosophy , Plato