Cicero on the Emotions

Cicero on the Emotions : Tusculan Disputations 3 and 4

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The third and fourth books of Cicero's "Tusculan Disputations" deal with the nature and management of human emotion: first grief, then the emotions in general. Cicero presents the insights of Greek philosophers on the subject, reporting the views of Epicurians and Peripatetics and giving a detailed account of the Stoic position, which he himself favours for it's close reasoning and moral earnestness. He describes the Stoic's analysis of grief, their classification of emotions by genus and species, their lists of oddly named character flaws, and by the philosophical debate that develops over the utility of anger in politics and war.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 283 pages
  • 152 x 228 x 16mm | 447g
  • University of Chicago Press
  • Chicago, IL, United States
  • English
  • 2nd ed.
  • 0226305783
  • 9780226305783
  • 766,908

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The third and fourth books of Cicero's Tusculan Disputations deal with the nature and management of human emotion: first grief, then the emotions in general. In a lively and engaging style, Cicero presents the insights of Greek philosophers on the subject, reporting the views of Epicureans and Peripatetics and giving a detailed account of the Stoic position, which he himself favors for its close reasoning and moral earnestness. Both the specialist and the general reader will be fascinated by the Stoics' analysis of the causes of grief, their classification of emotions by genus and species, their lists of oddly named character flaws, and the philosophical debate that develops over the utility of anger in politics and war. Margaret Graver's elegant and idiomatic translation makes Cicero's work accessible not just to classicists but to anyone interested in ancient philosophy or in the philosophy of emotion. The accompanying commentary explains the philosophical concepts discussed in the text and supplies many helpful parallels from Greek sources.
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About Marcus Tullius Cicero

Margaret Graver is an assistant professor of classics at Dartmouth College.
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