Cicero: A Study in the Origins of Republican Philosophy

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Rodopi, 2002 - Philosophy - 142 pages
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This book presents Cicero's natural law theory, including valuable definitions of the state, the ideal state, the ideal ruler, and the laws for the ideal state. Explanations are offered of the Greek sources of Cicero's republican philosophy, his influence on the Principate of Augustus, and his role in the development of modern political philosophy. As all the ages of the world have not produced a greater statesman and philosopher united than Cicero, his authority should have great weight (John Adams, 1787).
 

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Contents

TWO Influences on Ciceros Political Philosophy
5
THREE Ciceros Political Theory
27
FOUR Ciceros Legal Theory
43
FIVE Cicero Prophet of the Principate
61
SIX Ciceros Influence on Political Philosophy
71
Notes
87
Bibliography
109
About the Author
127
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Robert T. Radford grew up in Dallas, Texas. He earned his B.A. degree in philosophy at Baylor University in 1954. Before finishing his first graduate degree, he taught the sixth grade in Charlestown, Indiana. After completing an M.A. degree in philosophy and religion at Baylor University, with a thesis on Nicolas Berdyaev, he taught philosophy, humanities, and history at Caney Jr. College (now Alice Lloyd College) in Pippa Passes, Kentucky. He did his doctoral studies in philosophy at The University of Texas at Austin and received his Ph.D. in 1970, with a dissertation on A. I. Melden's philosophy of action. Radford taught a wide variety of courses in philosophy and humanities at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma, beginning in 1963. Much of his work in the last decade of his teaching was in applied ethics and the philosophy of mind. He retired from the teaching faculty in 1994. He had been elected to serve two three-year terms as the Secretary of the General Faculty and the Faculty Council of OSU. Radford's publications and professional lectures include papers on Aristotle, freedom and determinism, character-trait theories, philosophy and parapsychology, the belief in survival of death, a schema for the analysis of case studies in ethics, and Cicero's political philosophy. He participated in a National Science Foundation grant examining the moral dilemmas of university scientists preparing environmental impact statements. He has served as a consultant for several publishers on introductory ethics textbooks. Radford has been a member and participant, since the early 1960s, in the Central Division of the American Philosophical Association, the Mountain-Plains Philosophy Conference, and the Southwestern Philosophical Society.

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