Cicero's De Finibus

Cicero's De Finibus : Philosophical Approaches

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Cicero is increasingly recognised as a highly intelligent contributor to the ongoing ethical debates between Epicureans, Stoics and other schools. In this work on the fundamentals of ethics his learning as a scholar, his skill as a lawyer and his own passion for the truth result in a work which dazzles us in its presentation of the debates and at the same time exhibits the detachment of the ancient sceptic. Many kinds of reader will find themselves engaged with Cicero as well as with the ethical theories he presents. This collection takes the reader further into the debates, opening up new avenues for exploring this fascinating work.
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  • Hardback | 276 pages
  • 160 x 235 x 20mm | 540g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1107074835
  • 9781107074835
  • 1,723,390

Table of contents

Introduction Julia Annas; 1. Cicero's sceptical methods: the example of the De Finibus Charles Brittain; 2. Epicurean pleasure in Cicero's De Finibus James Warren; 3. Cicero and Epicurean virtues (De Finibus 1-2) Pierre-Marie Morel; 4. Epicurus on the importance of friendship in the good life (De Finibus 1.65-70; 2.78-85) Dorothea Frede; 5. Honor and the honorable: Cato's discourse in De Finibus 3 Margaret Graver; 6. The voice of nature Brad Inwood; 7. Sententia explosa: criticism of Stoic ethics in De Finibus 4 Anna Maria Ioppolo; 8. Structure, standards and Stoic moral progress in De Finibus 4 Thomas Benatouil; 9. Antiochus' theory of oikeiosis Christopher Gill.
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About Julia Annas

Julia Annas is Regents Professor of Philosophy at the University of Arizona. She has worked in ancient ethics and in the increasingly large area of contemporary virtue ethics, which has stimulated an interest in ancient ethics other than Aristotle. She wrote the introduction and notes to the recent translation of the De Finibus by Raphael Woolf. Gabor Betegh is Laurence Professor of Ancient Philosophy at the University of Cambridge, and Fellow of Christ's College. He has worked on various aspects of ancient philosophy, including Hellenistic philosophy and ethics.
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