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Cicero: On Fate& Boethius: The Consolation of Philosophy IV.5-7 and V$
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Print publication date: 1992

Print ISBN-13: 9780856684760

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9780856684760.001.0001

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(p.159) Commentary
Cicero: On Fate
R. W. Sharples
Liverpool University Press

This chapter provides the commentary on the treatise On Fate (De fato) written by Cicero, which opens with references to ethical philosophy and logic. The Stoics and Hellenistic philosophers in general, divided philosophy into three main parts: logic, physics, and ethics. It examines the terms “ethical” and “moral”, which are derived respectively from the Greek and Latin words, ethos and mores, and demonstrate a person's character and mode of living. It also looks at how the discussion in the lacuna started with Hirtius proposing fate as how far he went into detail, rather than simply stating the theme. The chapter mentions the relation between philosophical argument and the exposition of written form that had been an issue since Plato.

Keywords:   Cicero, On Fate, De fato, logic, physics, ethics, Hirtius, philosophical argument, written form

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