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Conclusion

from Part II - The Philosophy of Voluntas

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  24 November 2022

Lex Paulson
Affiliation:
Université Mohammed VI Polytechnique, Morocco
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It was often said of Cicero that he was eclectic rather than systematic; that his treatises are devoid of originality; that even to call him a philosopher is overgenerous. In the eyes of these critics, his primary contribution to Western thought is as a translator, more prolific than precise. Thankfully, the shadow of anti-Ciceronian sentiment cast by 19th‑century scholars – the caricature of grandiose orator, failed statesman, and unserious thinker – has lifted in recent years. In this moment of resumed appreciation of his philosophy, I hope this study has affirmed two major innovations for which he deserves credit.

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Cicero and the People’s Will
Philosophy and Power at the End of the Roman Republic
, pp. 218 - 219
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2022

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  • Conclusion
  • Lex Paulson, Université Mohammed VI Polytechnique, Morocco
  • Book: Cicero and the People’s Will
  • Online publication: 24 November 2022
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009082587.012
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  • Conclusion
  • Lex Paulson, Université Mohammed VI Polytechnique, Morocco
  • Book: Cicero and the People’s Will
  • Online publication: 24 November 2022
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009082587.012
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  • Conclusion
  • Lex Paulson, Université Mohammed VI Polytechnique, Morocco
  • Book: Cicero and the People’s Will
  • Online publication: 24 November 2022
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009082587.012
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