Page of

Rhetoric as a Balancing of Ends: Cicero and Machiavelli

Rhetoric as a Balancing of Ends: Cicero and Machiavelli

Chapter:
(p.89) Chapter 3 Rhetoric as a Balancing of Ends: Cicero and Machiavelli
Source:
Ethics and the Orator
Author(s):
Gary A. Remer
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226439334.003.0005

Despite their similarities, Cicero and Machiavelli differ from each other in that Cicero, in contrast to Machiavelli, openly affirms that politics is incomplete without a dual commitment to the good (honestum) and the beneficial (utile). This chapter examines Machiavelli’s focus on the useful and public as opposed to Cicero’s additional commitment to the honorable and to the private. It contrasts the pursuit of glory in Machiavelli, which was preoccupied with appearances and the search for immortality, with Cicero's ambivalent attitude toward glory. This chapter also discusses Cicero's "decorum," which is not only a matter of expediency but also a moral duty.

Keywords:   Cicero, Niccolò Machiavelli, decorum, honestum, utile, glory, Victoria Kahn

Sign In

Copyright © 2021. All rights reserved.
Privacy Policy and Legal Notice