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M. Tullius Cicero and the Formation of Latine Philosophical Vocabulary

(Original title: M. Tullius Cicero a tvorba latinského filozofického slovníka)
Filozofia, 58 (2003), 8, 513-522.
Type of work: Papers
Publication language: Slovak

M. Tullius Cicero was the first among the Roman thinkers, who made the problematic of culture and civilization his serious concern. His investigations led him to the belief that the culture, seen as a whole of traditions, norms and values, is inseparable from artes, i. e. the spiritual phenomena in science and art. From his awarness of the necesssity to create the Roman culture in this sense of inseparability resulted his ambitious philosophical project: the Romans should accept the spiritual experience of the Greeks and develop it in philosophical writings in Latin language. To all doubts and prejudices hostile to this intention he thus responded by philosophical and linguistic writings based on his conviction, that the Latin language is able to express even the most complicated philosophical ideas and concepts and that the human interaction is possible.

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