Citizen Skeptic: Cicero’s Academic Republicanism

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Scott Aikin
Vanderbilt University
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The skeptical challenge to politics is that if knowledge is in short supply and it is a condition for the proper use of political power, then there is very little just politics. Cicero’s Republicanism is posed as a program for political legitimacy wherein both citizens and their states are far from ideal. The result is a form of what is termed negative conservatism, which shows political gridlock in a more positive light.
Keywords Cicero   conservatism   Plato   republicanism  skepticism
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ISBN(s) 1584-174X
DOI 10.5840/symposion20152318
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