Cicero’s De Finibus: Philosophical Approaches. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016. vii + 266 pp. $99.99. isbn 9781107074835 (hbk).Philosophers and historians of philosophy have traditionally read Cicero’s On Ends for its discussion of the highest good in Hellenistic philosophy and so as a kind of handy textbook introduction to Epicurean and Stoic (and perhaps Antiochean) ethics, for which other extant sources are scanty and often fragmentary. In treating On Ends as a kind of doxographical quarry, the text is naturally dismissed as a philosophical work in its own right. In response to such a reading, a recent trend in scholarship has been to try to rehabilitate Cicero as a philosopher sui generis, that is, to stress his own philosophical achievement rather than his accomplishments as doxographer. The present volume stands in this tradition and proposes nothing less than a ‘philosophical reassessment of the De Finibus’ (p. 2). The volume reunites nine papers that were presented at the 12th Symposium Hellenisticum in Budapest in 2010 and that specifically deal with On Ends with a particular focus on Cicero’s philosophy and presentation. The essays of the volume together broadly cover the whole Ciceronian text: They are a kind of upper-level overview
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