New York: Routledge, 2015. Pp. viii + 260. isbn 978-1-84465-841-1.It may seem odd that scholars have worked so hard at reconstructing the views of Hellenistic philosophers from the few surviving fragments and testimonia while ignoring or even dismissing this task when it comes to Cicero, whose extant philosophical dialogues are extensive by comparison and who has left such a deep imprint on the history of ideas. Despite a significant increase in attention paid to Cicero the philosopher, he still occupies a much lower position today than at any point prior to Mommsen’s contemptuous assessment of his character and work over 150 years ago.Raphael Woolf’s engaging and thoughtful study serves as an important corrective by documenting the rewards of reading Cicero as a philosopher in his own right. Woolf demonstrates that we still have much to learn from Cicero not only regarding the content of competing Hellenistic philosophical theories, but from his understanding of the nature and purpose of philosophical inquiry in general. Both students and scholars of the history of philosophy should find this book of considerable value. As the goal is to provide a coherent overview of Cicero’s philosophical outlook, there is no discussion of secondary literature or
International Journal for the Study of Skepticism – Brill
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