Author: Neal Wood
Publisher: Univ of California Press
In this close examination of the social and political thought of Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.), Neal Wood focuses on Cicero's conceptions of state and government, showing that he is the father of constitutionalism, the archetype of the politically conservative mind, and the first to reflect extensively on politics as an activity.
A Study in the Origins of Republican Philosophy
Author: Robert T. Radford
This book presents Cicero's natural law theory, including valuable definitions of the state, the ideal state, the ideal ruler, and the laws for the ideal state. Explanations are offered of the Greek sources of Cicero's republican philosophy, his influence on the Principate of Augustus, and his role in the development of modern political philosophy. As all the ages of the world have not produced a greater statesman and philosopher united than Cicero, his authority should have great weight (John Adams, 1787).
Author: Cicéron,Marcus Tullius Cicero
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
James Zetzel presents a masterly translation of two central works of ancient philosophy.
The Republic and Laws
Author: Jed W. Atkins
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
A prolific philosopher who also held Rome's highest political office, Cicero was uniquely qualified to write on political philosophy. In this book Professor Atkins provides a fresh interpretation of Cicero's central political dialogues - the Republic and Laws. Devoting careful attention to form as well as philosophy, Atkins argues that these dialogues together probe the limits of reason in political affairs and explore the resources available to the statesman given these limitations. He shows how Cicero appropriated and transformed Plato's thought to forge original and important works of political philosophy. The book demonstrates that Cicero's Republic and Laws are critical for understanding the history of the concepts of rights, the mixed constitution and natural law. It concludes by comparing Cicero's thought to the modern conservative tradition and argues that Cicero provides a perspective on utopia frequently absent from current philosophical treatments.
Author: Richard Oliver Brooks
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Company
Cicero and Modern Law contains the best modern writings on Cicero's major law related works, such as the Republic, On Law, On Oratory, along with a comprehensive bibliography of writings on Cicero's legal works. These works are organized to reveal the influence of Cicero's writings upon the history of legal thought, including St. Thomas, the Renaissance, Montesquieu and the U.S. Founding Fathers. Finally, the articles include discussions of Cicero's influence upon central themes in modern legal thought, including legal skepticism, republicanism, mixed government, private property, natural law, conservatism and rhetoric. The editor offers an extensive introduction, placing these articles in the context of an overall view of Cicero's contribution to modern legal thinking.
Author: Michael Edwards,Christopher Reid
Category: Literary Criticism
This book examines the power and possibilities of public speaking, ranging from the oratory of the Athenian law courts to the political oratory of New Labour. A distinctive feature of the book is its conception of the orator as a performer and practitioner, and of oratory itself as a form of action. Historically, the power of eloquence to rouse and influence an audience made the orator a controversial figure whose rhetorical skills provoked suspicion and awe in almost equal measure. These essays show how orators exploit those skills in their attempts to shape the external world of opinion and fact. They also show how the speech itself may be considered as a linguistic event or "way of happening" which seeks to bind the orator and the audience in prized moments of connection.
Author: Tomislav Han
Publisher: Edwin Mellen Press
What is the pursuit of happiness? This is one of the central questions addressed in this work. It examines the extensive ideological genealogy of the concept, whose roots are firmly grounded in Aristotelian political science.
Ciceros Tusculanae disputationes
Author: Eckard Lefèvre
Publisher: Universitaetsverlag Winter
Category: Literary Criticism
Mit Ciceros 'Gesprachen in Tusculum' tut sich die Forschung schwer. Eine Gesamtdarstellung gibt es nicht. Demgegenuber legt die Untersuchung in Teil A zum erstenmal eine Kapitel fur Kapitel fortschreitende Interpretation der Schrift vor und zieht in Teil B allgemeine Folgerungen (Situation, personliche Problematik, Politik, Philosophie, Rhetorik, Quellen, Genese). Der scheinbar verwirrende Aufbau wird unter Beachtung rhetorischer Schemata ebenso zu klaren versucht wie die doppelte Ursache der Abfassung: das personliche Leid in Ciceros Familie und vor allem die Ohnmacht gegenuber dem Diktator Caesar. Die selbsttherapeutische Funktion der 'Widerstandsphilosophie' (mit der Cicero das Denken der Kaiserzeit vorbereitet) wird als entscheidendes Movens herausgestellt.
Author: Brian A. Krostenko
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Charm, wit, and style were critical, but dangerous, ingredients in the social repertoire of the Roman elite. Their use drew special attention, but also exposed one to potential ridicule or rejection for valuing style over substance. Brian A. Krostenko explores the complexities and ambiguities of charm, wit, and style in Roman literature of the late Republic by tracking the origins, development, and use of the terms that described them, which he calls "the language of social performance." As Krostenko demonstrates, a key feature of this language is its capacity to express both approval and disdain—an artifact of its origins at a time when the "style" and "charm" of imported Greek cultural practices were greeted with both enthusiasm and hostility. Cicero played on that ambiguity, for example, by chastising lepidus ("fine") boys in the "Second Oration against Catiline" as degenerates, then arguing in his De Oratore that the successful speaker must have a certain charming lepos ("wit"). Catullus, in turn, exploited and inverted the political subtexts of this language for innovative poetic and erotic idioms.
Author: Sara Pendergast,Tom Pendergast
Publisher: Detroit : St. James Press
Online version of the 2-vol. work issued by St. James Press, 2003, in series St. James reference guides.
Author: John Richard Gibbins
Publisher: Andrews UK Limited
Category: Biography & Autobiography
John Grote struggled to construct an intelligible account of philosophy at a time when radical change and sectarian conflict made understanding and clarity a rarity. This book answers three questions: * How did John Grote develop and contribute to modern Cambridge and British philosophy? * What is the significance of these contributions to modern philosophy in general and British Idealism and language philosophy in particular? * How were his ideas and his idealism incorporated into the modern philosophical tradition? Grote influenced his contemporaries, such as his students Henry Sidgwick and John Venn, in both style and content; he forged a brilliantly original philosophy of knowledge, ethics, politics and language, from a synthesis of the major British and European philosophies of his day; his social and political theory provide the origins of the 'new liberal' ideas later to reach their zenith in the writings of Green, Sidgwick, and Collingwood; he founded the 'Cambridge style' associated with Moore, Russell, Broad, McTaggart and Wittgenstein; and he was also a major influence on Oakeshott.
An Interdisciplinary Approach
Author: Ronald W. Dundon,Jennifer L. Jainer
Publisher: Nova Publishers
Category: Social Science
Section headings: Philosophy -- Wandering Sages; Anthropology; Social Philosophy; Education; History; Philosophy of Social Psychology; Philosophy of Religion; Philosophy of Law; Philosophy of Economics; Philosophy of Science.