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Edward Maina Andafu, PhD
Lecturer In Philosophy Of Education, Department Of Educational Foundations, Kenyatta University, P.o. Box 43844-00100, Nairobi,
A Critique Of Plato's Theory Of The State With Reference To The Role Of Education In Promoting Social Equality In Kenya
Plato's theory of the state visualizes an ideal state (polis) comprising three classes of people: the producers, auxiliaries and philosopher-kings. The lowest class (producers) makes the basic necessities needed for the society's survival while the auxiliaries defend the state against aggression. The highest class, philosopher-kings rule the state because they are the most educated. For Plato, education in society should

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