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Conclusion

WithR. Jacob McDonie

This conclusion presents some closing thoughts on the concepts covered in the preceding chapters of this book. The book demonstrates that to call friendship rhetorical and performative in no way requires the use of the demeaning modifier merely, as so many scholars have heretofore assumed. Rhetoric and performance are the lifeblood of friendship, which must be repeatedly enacted between friends. All medieval thought on friendship leads back to De amicitia wherein Cicero introduces a rhetorical architecture to a Roman social practice. In a period of inwardness, Anselm created narratives of metaphysical friendship to further his vision of the possibility of redemption, mercy, and grace for the sinful self to gain compassio with the saints and authorize himself. In a period of inwardness, Anselm created narratives of metaphysical friendship to further his vision of the possibility of redemption, mercy, and grace for the sinful self to gain compassio with the saints and authorize himself.