Cicero's Social and Political Thought

Cicero's Social and Political Thought


By (author) Neal Wood


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  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Format: Paperback | 301 pages
  • Dimensions: 142mm x 212mm x 20mm | 458g
  • Publication date: 1 March 1991
  • Publication City/Country: Berkerley
  • ISBN 10: 0520074270
  • ISBN 13: 9780520074279
  • Edition statement: Reprint

Product description

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.

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Neal Wood is Professor of Political Science at York University. His most recent books are The Politics of Locke's Philosophy (California, 1983) and John Locke and Agrarian Capitalism (California, 1984).

Review quote

"Cicero's attraction for Neal Wood lies in his influence on later Western political philosophy--Augustine, Bodin, Locke, Montesquieu--and especially in his unashamed defense of private property and economic individualism as part of a theory of state (the contemporary relevance is patent)."--Andrew Lintott, "Times Higher Education Supplement