Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Eric Schliesser — Plato: incentives matter!

Because the image of philosopher-kings is so durable, it is easy to imagine that Plato's Socrates is naively over-confident about the virtue of experts. But as the quoted passage reveals, he is very explicit that incentives -- material ones and of honor -- matter even to would-be-philosophers and that even the (very rare) best souls can be corrupted.
Plato: incentives matter!
Eric Schliesser | Professor of Political Science, University of Amsterdam’s (UvA) Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

1 comment:

Matt Franko said...

"naively over-confident about the virtue of experts."

Well some qualified experts reprogrammed the VW OBD2 system to give a false reading on the pollution levels (m-f-errrrrssss!!!!!) ... experts can be corrupted... doenst mean they are not still qualified experts...