The Republic and the Laws (Marcus Tullius Cicero) pdf, epub, doc

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It is terribly difficult to judge fragments, and especially to compare them with complete works such as Plato's Republic. That being said, Cicero clearly takes a much different approach than does Plato. He proposes that philosophy must be intermixed with pragmatism and experience to produce the optimal leaders and laws. In this sense, Cicero's Republic and Laws pays attention to more practical concerns than does Plato, who lacked any degree of actual involvement with real-world affairs when compared with Cicero. Moreover, the two luminaries philosophies differed, with Cicero being what I would call a liberal Stoic. The problem is, just when one gets into one of Cicero's arguments, it is often the case that a fragment is missing. Yet it is clear from the fragments that Cicero is bound by common approaches vs high-minded ideals in some cases, as in his seeming understanding of the need for greed, for lack of a better word. He does come down against tyranny and speaks highly about legal equality as a bulwark against the power of wealth. That being said, Cicero was able to turn a blind eye when opponents were strangled, as in the Catilinarian conspiracy. "It is done," was his final word on the matter, if my feeble memory serves me. Certainly no outrage there! Overall, this is a must read in understanding the evolution of the Western approach to justice and government.

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  • Publisher:Oxford University Press, USA
  • File: 3.7 Mb
  • Ganre: Philosophy
  • Release: 01.11.1998
  • ISBN: 9780192832368
  • Pages 288
  • Rating: 4.59 (1230 votes)


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