I’ve just been introduced to a fine shortened version of the argument of Plato’s Republic, attributed to some nineteenth-century Leibniz scholar or other whose name eludes me for the present. It goes something like this:
– You will agree that the whole is greater than the part.
– Yes, O Socrates.
– But earlier we showed that the part was greater than the whole.
– Indeed you did, O Socrates.
– Therefore the Philosophers should rule in the City.
– How could anything else be the case, O Socrates?