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Models of leadership in Plato

Engaging with the Humanities in collaboration with The Oxford Character Project

Plato: doctor, navigator, teacher, artist, or weaver?

Dominic Scott will discuss the significance of these images and reflect on how they might be transplanted from the political sphere to other kinds of organisation.

Plato has had a seminal influence in the history of political philosophy. Among the many themes he tackled was the nature of leadership. Very often he does this by advocating different models or analogies to illuminate the problems at large.

Scott will also discuss the different models of leadership that Plato advocates in his dialogues, aim to bring out the contemporary importance of his ideas, and invite the audience to consider this in contrast to their understanding of the modern age.

Dominic Scott is a Professor in the Oxford Philosophy Faculty and a Fellow of Lady Margaret Hall. He studied Classics at Cambridge University, before going on to become a lecturer in the Philosophy Faculty there between 1989 and 2007.

In 2007 he moved to the University of Virginia as a Professor of Philosophy. He has held visiting positions at Princeton, Harvard, the Center for Hellenic Studies Washington DC and Merton College Oxford.