In this paper I recap first briefly the status quaestionis in the research field of Cicero’s philosophical stance during the last twenty years and using as a starting point the momentous Cicero Academicus written by Carlos Lévy in 1992. After that, I deal with two particular problems in this area: 1. The exact relationships in Cicero’s thought between his own academic relativism and the moral and political necessity of truth-values according to the Roman tradition. 2. Cicero’s political stance during the composition of the Academici libri and the Tusculanae (spring-summer 45 BC): the contemporary efforts at writing political messages for Caesar (above all the so-called Symbuleutikón) prove in my opinion that Cicero was neither acting in this period as a covert opponent of the new régime nor showing himself as a weak opportunist; on the contrary, his principle has always been to serve his (ideal of) Roman Republic, adjusting his actions to the different circumstances (temporibus adsentiendum).

Cicero Academicus 20 anos depois. Tendências recentes sobre o ceticismo acadêmico em Roma

MALASPINA, Ermanno
2015

Abstract

In this paper I recap first briefly the status quaestionis in the research field of Cicero’s philosophical stance during the last twenty years and using as a starting point the momentous Cicero Academicus written by Carlos Lévy in 1992. After that, I deal with two particular problems in this area: 1. The exact relationships in Cicero’s thought between his own academic relativism and the moral and political necessity of truth-values according to the Roman tradition. 2. Cicero’s political stance during the composition of the Academici libri and the Tusculanae (spring-summer 45 BC): the contemporary efforts at writing political messages for Caesar (above all the so-called Symbuleutikón) prove in my opinion that Cicero was neither acting in this period as a covert opponent of the new régime nor showing himself as a weak opportunist; on the contrary, his principle has always been to serve his (ideal of) Roman Republic, adjusting his actions to the different circumstances (temporibus adsentiendum).
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https://www.academia.edu/29703397/Cicero_Academicus_20_anos_depois._Tend%C3%AAncias_recentes_sobre_o_ceticismo_acad%C3%AAmico_em_Roma
Cicerone; Marcus Tullius Cicero; Carlos Lévy; Scepticism; Platonic philosophy; Old Academy; Lucullus; Julius Caesar
Ermanno Malaspina
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