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Frontiers in Educational Research, 2021, 4(5); doi: 10.25236/FER.2021.040508.

Should educated people have more authority than others in society?


Yue Zhu

Corresponding Author:
Yue Zhu

Keystone Academy, Beijing 101318, China


The outstanding figures nowadays are mainly people who have received a high quality of education that led them to their leadership. Hannah Arendt and Jean Jacques Rousseau are two philosophers who have brought up their perspectives on the relationship between education and authority. Furthermore, due to the qualities and standards of people’s living conditions, it is significant to study from our past and innovate for our future. Regarding Hobbes, we need education to bring justice, law, and order to society. Therefore, education provides people the authority within their community to lead, govern, and innovate.


Education, authority, society, Hannah Arendt, Jean Jacques Rousseau

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Yue Zhu. Should educated people have more authority than others in society?. Frontiers in Educational Research (2021) Vol. 4, Issue 5: 27-29. https://doi.org/10.25236/FER.2021.040508.


[1] Bertram, Christopher, "Jean Jacques Rousseau", The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Edward N. Zalta (ed.), Winter 2020 

[2] https://plato.stanford.edu/archives/win2020/entries/rousseau/. 

[3] Hannah Arendt, “On Authority”, Edition 1, 25 January 2005