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Creative EloquenceThe Construction of Reality in Cicero's Speeches$
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Ingo Gildenhard

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199291557

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199291557.001.0001

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Laws and Justice

Laws and Justice

(p.168) 6 Laws and Justice
Creative Eloquence

Ingo Gildenhard

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses Cicero's positions on legal matters. After a survey that brings various facets of this complex and complicated topic into view, the analysis focuses on how he deals with the perceived non‐coincidence, or even conflict, between (positive) laws or legal institutions and justice. Case studies include his philosophy of crime and punishment in the in Pisonem, which serves as a rhetorical substitute for malfunctioning law courts; and his appeal to the authority of natural law as a benchmark and justification of political action, above all in the Philippics.

Keywords:   crime, justice, natural law, positive law, legal order, philippics, philosophy, in pisonem, punishment

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