Xenophon and Bill Russell

In this short video Dr. David O’Connor talks about Xenophon, Bill Russell, and Envy.

Xenophon is one of the great Greek authors who wrote about Socrates. He used to be part of every learned person’s reading. Xenophon understood that envy is one of the most important forces in man’s political life. His writing”The Education of Cyrus” is a fictional work about the life of Cyrus the Great, the man who freed the Jews from Babylonian captivity. The key to Cyrus’ political success, and to political success in general, is the ability to become great without exceeding envy. David O’Connor talks about this recipe and explains how it worked well for both Cyrus the Great and Bill Russell.
David K. O’Connor is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame, member of TIC Advisory Board.