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Author Atkins, Jed W.

Title Cicero on politics and the limits of reason : the republic and laws / Jed W. Atkins.

Publication Info. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2013.

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Description 1 online resource (286 pages)
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Series Cambridge classical studies
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
Contents Machine generated contents note: Introduction; 1. Reading the Republic; 2. The dream of Scipio and the science of politics; 3. Constitutional change and the mixed constitution; 4. Political society and citizens' rights; 5. Natural law; 6. Legislation for the best practicable regime; Conclusion.
Summary "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"-- Provided by publisher.
Note Description based on print version record.
Subject Cicero, Marcus Tullius -- Political and social views.
Political science -- Rome -- History.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: Atkins, Jed W. Cicero on politics and the limits of reason : the republic and laws. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2013 xiv, 270 pages Cambridge classical studies 9781107043589 (DLC) 2013012187
ISBN 9781107043589 (hardback)
9781107504073 (e-book)

 
    
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