Elizabeth Anderson argues that “elites” have an obligation to use their position in society to improve the
lives the least advantaged. She worries that the education system as we currently construct it is not
producing elites who possess the right kinds of knowledge to think about the needs of the least advantaged.
Instead she argues that elites should be educated in order to provide “responsiveness and effective service
of the interests of people in all sectors of society” (Anderson, 596). Anderson goes onto explain the four
features of responsiveness that need to be addressed in education. Identify those four features of
responsiveness and explain why education in each of those would produce elites who are able to provide the
kind of public service for which Anderson advocates. After setting out Anderson’s argument choose the
following authors: Plato, Hobbes. For the two authors you have chosen explain the role that each expects
elites to play – how do these authors understand “effective service” toward the peoples in a society? How
might this service facilitate people living together peacefully? Would these two authors agree with Anderson
on the obligations of those in power? Would those two authors potentially agree with Anderson on the need
for a proper education to produce leaders who are capable of fulfilling these obligations?
The successful essay will:
1)Outline Anderson’s four features of a responsive education
2)Explain how those features produce leaders more able to fulfill their obligations
3)Choose two of the following theorists: Plato, Hobbes
4)Explain the obligations of those in leadership positions for each of the two chosen theorists
5)Analyze whether those two theorists would agree with Anderson’s understanding of the obligations of
6)Analyze whether those two theorists would agree with the emphasis Anderson puts on the need for a proper
education for those leaders.
7)Consistently draw on passages, examples and details from the texts in question