Aristocratic: it’s not a dirty word

philosophy requires a certain rare and innate ability — the ability to step outside yourself and observe your own mind in the act of thinking. In this respect, Jolley recognizes that his detractors have a point when they criticize his approach to teaching. “It’s aristocratic in the sense that any selection based on talent is aristocratic,” he told me. “I know it offends everyone’s sense of democracy –this idea that everyone’s equal– but we all know that’s just not true.” (

And it’s of vital importance for managers looking for talent.