Encyclopedia of Medieval Philosophy

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Cicero in Political Philosophy

  • Cary J. Nederman
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-024-1151-5_126-2

Abstract

The Roman philosopher and statesman Cicero was the most eminent pagan whose work on political ideas was available and known to the Latin Middle Ages. His ideas about the natural foundations of society and politics, natural law, and the best regime were widely debated and interpreted. Among the authors who read and interpreted his thought were John of Salisbury, Brunetto Latini, Thomas Aquinas, John of Paris, Ptolemy of Lucca, and Marsiglio of Padua. Even after the reception of Aristotle’s political philosophy in the middle of the thirteenth century, Cicero continued to be an influential figure.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceTexas A & M UniversityCollege StationUSA