Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Cicero's Philosophy of History$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Matthew Fox

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199211920

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199211920.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (oxford.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2020. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 02 December 2020

Introduction

Introduction

Chapter:
(p.1) 1 Introduction
Source:
Cicero's Philosophy of History
Author(s):

Matthew Fox (Contributor Webpage)

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199211920.003.0001

This introductory chapter presents the subject of the book and its methodology. The approach to Cicero's philosophical writings is a literary one, focussing on historical representation to unlock the ideological complexities of Cicero's thinking. The ambition to bring philosophy from Greece to Rome was bound to cause tensions, and these tensions can be seen clearly if we look at the historical dimension of some of Cicero's philosophical texts. The aim of the book is to reinterpret Cicero to show that he was by no means aiming to provide a solid ideological definition of Rome, but rather his aim was to explore possibilities. By focussing on later traditions of reading Cicero, the obstacles to accessing such a reading will be made apparent. Cicero's interest in Academic philosophy will play a central role in this reassessment.

Keywords:   reception, de natura deorum, irony, Academic philosophy, Plato, authority

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .