Vol No 16 (2019)
Section 3. Political Agency and Equality

Why Not a Philosopher King? and Other Objections to Epistocracy

Dragan Kuljanin
Central European University, Budapest
Published September 10, 2019
  • epistocracy,
  • democracy,
  • voting
How to Cite
Kuljanin, D. (2019). Why Not a Philosopher King? and Other Objections to Epistocracy. Phenomenology and Mind, (16), 80-89. https://doi.org/10.13128/Phe_Mi-26075


In this paper I will examine epistocracy as a form of limiting the political agency of some citizens (by removing their political rights) and offer an internal critique of it. I will argue that epistocracy runs into a number of logical and epistemic problems in trying to define who should be the members of an epistocratic polity. Furthermore, I will argue that the argument for epistocracy cannot ignore unjust background conditions. I will also suggest that some of the problems epistocracy attempts to correct can be solved in a more just way, while preserving democracy.


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