Cicero the Philosopher: Twelve Papers

Paperback | April 15, 2000

EditorJonathan Powell

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'...a stimulating read for anyone interested in either the thought of this remarkable man, or the development of ideas and language in the Late Roman Republic...' JACT '...well illustrates the range of current interests and approaches to these texts...well worth reading...' Classical Review '..For all interested in Cicero or Hellenistic philosophy this excellent book is highly recommended in its entirety...' Journal of Roman Studies Cicero may be best known for his politics, but he was also one of the few significant Roman writers of philosophy. This book presents a selection of new scholarly work on Cicero the philosopher, bringing together original contributions from twelve leading scholars in the field. The introduction, bythe editor, provides a general account of Cicero's philosophical writing and its intellectual background, setting the papers usefully in context. The papers discuss Cicero from a wide range of perspectives including his views on Plato and Aristotle, his definition of res publica, the continuity ofhis scepticism, and his account of Epicurean pleasures. A reflection of the notable revival of interest in Cicero's philosophical writing among classical scholars and philosophers in recent years, this volume embodies a diversity of approaches combined with a common conviction that Cicero is worth taking seriously as a philosophical writer.

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'...a stimulating read for anyone interested in either the thought of this remarkable man, or the development of ideas and language in the Late Roman Republic...' JACT '...well illustrates the range of current interests and approaches to these texts...well worth reading...' Classical Review '..For all interested in Cicero or Hellenisti...

Jonathan Powell is at University of Newcastle upon Tyne.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.83 inPublished:April 15, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Introduction: Cicero's Philosophical works and their Background1. Cicero's Plato and Aristotle2. Cicero's Definition of res publica3. Silencing the Troublemaker: De Legibus 1.39 and the continuity of Cicero's scepticism4. Probabile, veri simile, and related Terms5. Cicero on Epicurean Pleasures6. Cicero on self-love and love of humanity in De Finibus 37. Form and Content in the Tusculan Disputations8. Cicero and the Therapists9. Causes and Necessary Conditions in the Topica and De fato10. Cicero's translations from Greek11. `...a self-indulgent misuse of leisure and writing?' How not to write philosophy: did Cicero get it right?12. Philosophical Badinage in Cicero's letters to his friends

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`A welcome collection of essays by prominent scholars.'Religious Studies Review