Enkráteia and government. The insensate ruler of Aristippus and his appearance in Cyropaedia

Translated title of the contribution: Enkráteia and government.: The insensate ruler of Aristippus and his appearance in Cyropaedia

Rodrigo José Illarraga

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Abstract

The present article aims to reconstruct some political consequences of aristippean philosophy in the light of fragment fs, 570 (= ssr , iv.a.163 = Memorabilia, ii.1.1-17) in order to show how Aristippus' agreement with Socrates' remarks fits the Cyrus composed by Xenophon in his Cyropaedia. In pursuance of this, I will review Aristippus' ethics and will show how, despite the opposition with his hedonistic principles for a pleasureable life, Aristippus accepts that a good ruler needs to be a enkratic one - althouth he argues that pursuing any rule is senselessness. After showing how it is possible to recognice some hedonistic position in Adeimantus' question at the beginning of Republic, iv, I will present the enkratic character of Cyrus. Finally, I will conclude pointing out the political continuities between Aristippus' acceptance in fs, 570 and the ideal of ruler constructed by Xenophon.

Translated title of the contributionEnkráteia and government.: The insensate ruler of Aristippus and his appearance in Cyropaedia
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-24
Number of pages24
JournalMethexis
Volume30
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Aristippus
  • Cyropaedia
  • Xenophon
  • enkráteia
  • ruler

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