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Recovering Political Philosophy

Cicero’s Skepticism and His Recovery of Political Philosophy

Authors: Nicgorski, Walter

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This book explores Cicero’s moral and political philosophy with great attention to his life and thought as a whole. The author “thinks through” Cicero with a close reading of his most important philosophical writings.  Nicgorski often resolves apparent tensions in Cicero’s thought that have posed obstacles to the appreciation of his practical philosophy.  Some of the major tensions confronted are those between his Academic skepticism and apparent Stoicism, between his commitment to philosophy and to politics, rhetoric and oratory, and between his attachment to Greek philosophy and his profound engagement in Roman culture.  Moreover, the key theme within Cicero’s writings is his intended recovery, within his Roman context, of both the Socratic focus on great questions of practical philosophy and Socratic skepticism.  Cicero’s recovery of Socratic political philosophy in Roman garb is then the basis for recovery of Cicero as a notable political thinker relevant to our time and its problems.

About the authors

Walter Nicgorski is Professor Emeritus at the University of Notre Dame, USA.  He is editor of and contributor to Cicero’s Practical Philosophy (2012), co-editor and contributor to Leo Strauss: Political Philosopher and Jewish Thinker (1994) and An Almost Chosen People: The Moral Aspirations of Americans (1977).   Key topics of his published essays are Cicero, liberal and character education, American political foundations, Leo Strauss, Allan Bloom, and Yves Simon.

Reviews

“It is unsurprising that this book promises to make a major contribution to the field of Ciceronian studies because Nicgorski is significantly responsible for the existence of the field through his earlier work. In other words, the field would not exist without the willingness to treat Cicero as a serious thinker, and Nicgorski has shown historicist scholars the error of their ways.”  (David Fott, Professor of Political Science, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, USA)

“It is not easy to reconcile Cicero's professed Socratic and Academic skepticism with his moral and political self-assurance. But that is exactly what Walter Nicgorski does in this subtle, probing, and balanced book. The discussions of the literature in the extensive notes are true gems of scholarship. This will be the definitive treatment of the issue for some time to come.”  (John Christian Laursen, Professor of Political Science, University of California, Riverside, USA)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Nicgorski, Walter

    Pages 1-13

  • Chapter 1 Skepticism, Politics, and a Philosophical Foundation

    Nicgorski, Walter

    Pages 15-58

  • Chapter 2 The Critical and Rhetorical Modes of Philosophy

    Nicgorski, Walter

    Pages 59-96

  • Chapter 3 Duties and Virtue

    Nicgorski, Walter

    Pages 97-153

  • Chapter 4 Political Philosophy and the Roman Republic

    Nicgorski, Walter

    Pages 155-203

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eBook $119.00
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Hardcover $159.00
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  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Cicero’s Skepticism and His Recovery of Political Philosophy
Authors
Series Title
Recovering Political Philosophy
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-58413-7
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-58413-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-58478-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 283
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