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A short reply to Wolff's (Plato's) argument that democracy is irrational

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  22 July 2009

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Wolff suggests by way of the following argument (adapted by Wolff from Plato's Republic) that democracy appears to be irrational. Here is the argument given:

1) Ruling is a skill.

2) It is rational to leave the exercise of skills to experts [sic]

3) In a democracy the people rule.

4) The people are not experts. Therefore:

5) Democracy is irrational.

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Copyright © The Royal Institute of Philosophy 2008

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