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The topic of discussion which will be the focus of this paper will center on three major questions The first is why Socrates believes that he is the only true statesman in Athens The second is why Callicles believes that he is the true exemplar of statesmanship The final question that will be addressed is what Aquinas may have said to both such arguments Finally the paper will conclude with the authors final thoughts on the arguments Throughout the years there have been many debates between those who practice different forms of statesmanship Many of these debates have been between those who practice philosophy and those who are rhetoricians or orators One such debate between a philosopher and a rhetorician may be found in the Gorgias in which a debate between Socrates representing the philosopher and Callicles representing the rhetorician Now it has been said yesterdays philosophy becomes todays cliches Meaning that most if not all of the what is believed to be radical thinking in the ways of politics is instead merely the same things which philosophers were speaking of years ago It would seem from that that all political thought is just a case of the politician stealing the good ideas of change from the philosopher A career as a politician inescapably requires the use of the principles categories and metaphors of political philosophy By acknowledging this it is understood that to be a successful politician one must also use the ideas of political philosophy One may attempt to attain political power without the aid of political philosophy however it is likely that this attempt will end only in failure That is if what has been said of the incorporation of political philosophy into politics through the ages holds true Political philosophy is a very complex idea which to comprehend It has been likened to love or friendship as these are two of the most difficult subjects for the
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