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Ethics and the Orator: The Ciceronian Tradition of Political Morality

Gary A. Remer


For thousands of years, critics have attacked rhetoric and the actual practice of politics as unprincipled, insincere, and manipulative. In Ethics and the Orator, the Ciceronian rhetorical tradition is offered as a rejoinder to these critics of rhetoric and politics. The book argues that the Ciceronian tradition is based on practical or “rhetorical” politics, rather than on idealistic visions of a politics-that-never-was—a response that is ethically sound, if not altogether morally pure. The study is distinct from other works on political morality in that it turns to Cicero, not Aristotle, as ... More

Keywords: Cicero, political morality, rhetoric, orator, decorum, prudence, ethics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780226439167
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226439334.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gary A. Remer, author
Tulane University