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Cicero on the Emotions: Tusculan Disputations 3 and 4

Marcus Tullius Cicero


The third and fourth books of Cicero's Tusculan Disputations deal with the nature and management of human emotion: first grief, then the emotions in general. In lively and accessible style, Cicero presents the insights of Greek philosophers on the subject, reporting the views of Epicureans and Peripatetics and giving a detailed account of the Stoic position, which he himself favors for its close reasoning and moral earnestness. This book gives the Stoics' analysis of the causes of grief, their classification of emotions by genus and species, their lists of oddly named character flaws, and by t ... More

Keywords: Cicero, Tusculan Disputations, Epicureans, Peripatetics, Stoic position, emotions, grief, character flaws, politics, war

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780226305776
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226305196.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Marcus Tullius Cicero, author