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By Sharon R. Krause and Mary Ann McGrail

The humanities of rule hide the workout of strength by means of princes and well known sovereigns, yet they vary past the area of presidency itself, extending to civil institutions, political events, and spiritual associations. Making complete use of political philosophy from a variety of backgrounds, this festschrift for Harvey Mansfield acknowledges that even though the humanities of rule are accomplished, the easiest govt is a restricted one.

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The Arts of Rule: Essays in Honor of Harvey C. Mansfield

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In the process, he eroded his followers’ and his own capacity for friendship. In contrast, Socrates’s single-minded pursuit of knowledge elevates him above the merely human aspect of friendship. He needs contact with a variety of arguments, but need not have any deep attachment to the people who make them. Neither Cyrus, nor Socrates, is truly a gentleman, or a practitioner of gentlemanly friendship, which involves helping one’s friends and harming one’s enemies (Mem. 35). In their own ways, both men overcome the distinction between friends and enemies.

His technique here is the art he had described to the courtesan Theodote earlier (Mem. 14). Drawn by Socrates’s almost flirtatious teasing, he comes to Socrates to converse, and is easily led to confess that his mode of education had left him without genuine knowledge of justice, of himself, and of the nature of democracy. Xenophon adds that “many” whom Socrates had thus reduced to aporia avoided him thereafter. Euthydemus, however, associated thereafter with Socrates, who “explained in the most simple and clear manner what he held he [Euthydemus] should know and what he held best for him to pursue” (Mem.

As we have seen, in his much later conversation with Critobulus he argues that household management, in the strict sense, encompasses the use, for one’s own advantage, of all things and persons, friends as well as enemies, by any 18 Adam Schulman available means, including war and tyranny. This seems an invitation to practice the art of household management in the manner of the tyrannical rulers of the Persian empire, rather than the respectable gentlemen of Athens. But it is clear that Socrates does not practice this tyrannical art himself, however far he may be from the gentleman’s view of the proper limits of the household.

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