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On Cicero

I recently added some texts from the ancient Roman politician and philosopher Cicero (106 – 43 BC) to this blog. Cicero rose to the highest political offices in Rome, and he defended the Roman Republic, a limited version of democracy...

/ October 31, 2016

Cicero: In Verrem

In Verrem (“Against Verres”) is a series of speeches made by Cicero in 70 BC, during the corruption and extortion trial of Gaius Verres, the former governor of Sicily. The speeches made Cicero famous. This is the only known case...

/ August 15, 2016

Aristotle: Politics

Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics addresses the character and the behavior of the individual (virtue ethics.) At the end of this book, he declares that the inquiry into ethics necessarily leads to politics, and his book Politics therefore deals with the “philosophy...

/ January 29, 2012

Aristotle – Biography

Aristotle (384–322 B.C.E.) is one of the greatest philosophers of all time. Together with Plato, he shaped Western philosophy for two millenia, and his ideas and concepts are still discussed today. He wrote about two-hundred treatises, but we currently know...

/ January 29, 2012

Anaximander

Anaximander (610-546BC) is a pre-socratic philosopher; what we know about him originates mainly in texts from Aritstotle and others. Only one fragment of his writings survives; it is considered to be the oldest fragment in the history of Western thinking....

/ September 24, 2011