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Morality versus Utility in Cicero’s De officiis

(Original title: Mravnosť verzus prospech v Ciceronovej rozprave O povinnostiach)
Filozofia, 64 (2009), 6, 527-534.
Type of work: Papers
Publication language: Slovak

One of the central problems of Cicero’s De officiis is honestum and its relation to utile. In Cicero’s book III of De Officiis it gains an expressive form of the question: Are these concepts principally equal, or antinomic? Cicero holds that the conflict between them is only artificial. Humanitas always has to be the priority; acting against it destroys social chains as well as the morality.


Stoic philosophy, Panaetius in Rome, M. Tullius Cicero, Cicero’s On Duties, The honestum and the utile

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