Plato's Best (And Worst) Ideas


Source: TED-Ed

In this video, TED-Ed lays out in broad terms the main ideas of Plato, and some of the consequences (good and bad) these ideas have had. Especially important to Ethics at Work is Plato's conception of the ideal society as one where each person contributes to the whole according to their particular capacities. To achieve this "proper functioning," Plato advocates for a strict hierarchy of classes tied to specific types of labor, even going as far as to argue for "noble lies" from the ruling class to convince the people that they are naturally suited for their class.

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Keywords: Division of Labor , Government , Hierarchies of Work , Philosophy , Plato