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Tusculan Disputations

Marcus Tullius Cicero

Book Overview: 

Tusculan Disputations (Latin: TUSCULANARUM DISPUTATIONUM) is divided into five books which discuss death, pain, grief, perturbations and virtue. At issue is whether wise people can always be happy regardless of the apparent evil that fortune throws in their way. Andrew Peabody says the A. and M. in the text may stand for Auditor, Adolescens, Atticus or Aulus and Marcus or Magister. Written by Marcus Tullius Cicero.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .It is far, then, from being excessive. Therefore, says he, pain of a long continuance has more pleasure in it than uneasiness. Now, I cannot bring myself to say so great a man talks nonsense; but I imagine he is laughing at us. My opinion is that the greatest pain (I say the greatest, though it may be ten atoms less than another) is not therefore short, because acute. I could name to you a great many good men who have been tormented many years with the acutest pains of the gout. But this cautious man doth not determine the measure of that greatness or of duration, so as to enable us to know what he calls excessive with regard to pain, or short with respect to its continuance. Let us pass him by, then, as one who says just nothing at all; and let us force him to acknowledge, notwithstanding he might behave himself somewhat boldly under his colic and his strangury, that no remedy against pain can be had from him who looks on pain as the greatest of all evils. We must apply,. . . Read More

Community Reviews

It’s Cicero, for God’s sake, how can it merit anything other than five whole stars?

Cicero envisages reason dictating emotion. Today we might suspect it’s at least as likely to be the other way round.

Un paseo por la mentalidad Romana: la evolución de la cultura griega agarrando la forma que va a definir el cristianismo.
Los primeros dos libros habla sobre cómo la muerte y el dolor no son los mayores males
Los siguientes dos libros hablan sobre los estados de turbación que nos alejan de la felicida

Genuinely the best introduction I’ve ever read in any philosophical book. It contains a section called arguments which breaks down the entire work into a list of matters discussed and where they occur.

So, if you are curious about whether this work would interest you take a look at this section on t

Bravo Cicero! Pursue virtue.

The Why of Pain
19 June 2020

I must say that some of these ancient philosophical texts can be pretty difficult to read, especially if the translation is written in an older form of English (namely 19th Century English as opposed to modern 21st Century English). Yeah, I did actually find this work to

Not my favorite work of his but still much better than anything modern „philosophers“ bring to the table.

It seems sadly fitting that I would only get to reading this classic of Stoic philosophy in the immediate aftermath of the APA declaring stoic behavior a psychological problem. This book is outstanding, and those who wish to preserve the intellectual fight against postmodernity could do much worse t

“Don’t our friends the philosophers put their names on the very books they write condemning the quest for fame?”

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