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On Duties by Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Aug 06, 12

it was amazing
Read from May 27 to August 06, 2012

Cicero considered this work on moral duties to be his masterpiece. Given his large output, as well as the wide scope of his influence, this is saying something. The book is full of practical advice from an elder statesman. It is more practical and common-sensical than it is philosophically rigorous. That will likely only perturb the professional philosophers (well, many of them... it actually did not perturb this one too much). I enjoyed the book immensely - which is nice since I undertook its reading as a form of leisure (my own "guilty pleasure"), and am eager to re-read it in order to internalize its finer points. One thing nice about this work is that I found it quite easy to read in small chunks - it is divided up quite nicely, and certainly some sections go together, and are best read all in one sitting, but there are plenty of places where one may take one's leave for a time without thereby losing much in terms of continuity.

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