Cicero and Modern Law contains the best modern writings on Cicero's major law related works, such as the Republic, On Law, On Oratory, along with a comprehensive bibliography of writings on Cicero's legal works. These works are organized to reveal the influence of Cicero's writings upon the history of legal thought, including St. Thomas, the Renaissance, Montesquieu and the U.S. Founding Fathers. Finally, the articles include discussions of Cicero's influence upon central themes in modern lega thought, including legal skepticism, republicanism, mixed government, private property, natural law, conservatism and rhetoric. The editor offers an extensive introduction, placing these articles in the context of an overall view of Cicero's contribution to modern legal thinking.
Contents: Preface; Introduction; Part I Cicero's Life, Predecessors and Works: Introduction to the philosophy of Cicero, Richard McKeon. Part II The Roman Law and Rhetorical Practice: Cicero and the spectacle of power, Andrew J.E. Bell; Cicero and the defining of the Ius Civile, Jill Harries. Part III Cicero's Works: Rhetoric: De Oratore and the development of Controversia, Michael Mendelson. De Republica: The Overall Structure: A new kind of model: Cicero's Roman constitution in De Republica, Elizabeth Asmis; The Nature of Res Publica: Cicero's definition of Res Publica, Malcolm Schofield; Natural Law: The philosophical foundation of Roman law: Aristotle, the Stoics and Roman theories of natural law, John R. Kroger; Mixed Government: The theory of the mixed constitution in Rome, Andrew Lintott; Property: The economic dimension of Cicero's political thought: property and state, Neal Wood. De Legibus: Original elements in Cicero's ideal constitution, C.W. Keyes. De Officiis: 'Domina et regina virtutum': justice and societas in De Officiis, E.M. Atkins. Part IV Cicero's Method of Thought: Philosophic method in Cicero, Michael J. Buckley; Invention, Walter Watson. Part V The Collapse of the Republic and the Death of Cicero: The federalist and the lessons of Rome, Louis J. Sirico Jr. Part VI Cicero's Influence in Western Civilization: The Stoic origin of natural rights, Philip Mitsis. Part VII Cicero and Modern Political, Legal and Rhetorical Ideals: Republicanism: Republicanism: the career of a concept, Daniel T. Rodgers; Republicanism, liberalism and the law, Mortimer Sellars, Liberalism and republicanism, Philip Pettit; Rhetoric: Graeco-Roman rhetoric: the canon and its history, Michael Frost; Name Index.