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The Revival of the Philosopher King

This term has been historically applied primarily to political systems and dogmas.  The origin of the “Philosopher King” is credited to Plato:

“philosophers [must] become kings…or those now called kings [must]…genuinely and adequately philosophize” (The Republic, 5.473d).

In this modern age of political absurdity and calamity, we must hijack and transform the historical context and meaning of this term and apply it into the arts: visual, audio, and spiritual.

A Philosopher Queen of this century is therefore a person who has excelled in or found meaning in the creative process.  This creative process must be philosophically accurate in order to transform the individual first and then, by graces not fully understood, other members of the community. 

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Patrick Seely

Design Technologist, System Operator, Visual Philosopher, and Information Consultant

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