Sixteen scholars of Ancient Greek and Rome philosophy were interviewed by Business Insider about their work, their favorite books and the challenges they face.
One of the scholars, who asked that his name not be used because he was not authorized to speak to the media, said that he finds the idea of a new edition of The Ethics of Philosophy appealing.
“If we’re able to do a better version, then it’s going to change everything,” he said.
“I don’t think there’s a better edition of that book out there, or even one that hasn’t been edited.”
He added that he would recommend The Ethics to his students.
One other scholar who declined to be named said that the book is an important text.
“It’s not going to be a book for everyone,” he told Business Insider.
“But for me it’s a book that is very well written and very thorough.”
Other scholars, such as professor of philosophy and historian Paul J. Cramer, also praised the book, but declined to speak publicly about it.
“The ethics of philosophy is a beautiful book,” he wrote in an email to Business Insider, adding that the author is “a very interesting and thoughtful person and he’s been a strong voice in my own work.”
The Ethics is a collection of essays by the philosopher and Roman historian, Cicero, in which he argues that morality is not just about rules and conventions, but also about what is right and wrong.
The book is not available online.
“A good ethics is a book,” Cramer said in an interview with Business Insider on Thursday.
“To have an ethical book is a good thing, not just for me, but for other people who are interested in ethics.”
Cicero’s Ethics is considered one of the most important philosophical works in the ancient world, with its philosophical teachings and the way in which it discusses the nature of the human soul, and the role of philosophy in society.
It is also considered one the most influential philosophical works of the 20th century.
“In terms of how it can be used, Cicerics Ethics is an essential text for everyone to understand,” the University of Oxford’s David G. Davenport, a professor of classics and philosophy at the university, told Business Wire in an e-mail.
“This book was written in a very philosophical way, and it is a very important work, as the author himself stated, in a way that we may not find in many other works.”
Daven, who also wrote The Good Life and a companion book on Cicero entitled The Politics of Philosophy, said he thinks that the authors approach to the ethics of the soul will resonate with readers.
“They are making a very bold claim about the nature and nature of moral agents,” he explained.
“There is an enormous gap in our understanding of how the human mind works, and that is one of those gaps.”
Other philosophers agree that the work of Cicero and his predecessors is a significant source for students.
“For me, the work is the most fascinating, interesting, and important thing to me,” Harvard philosopher David R. Fenton said in a recent interview with Quartz.
“You have these men who wrote about the human condition for a living, and they are doing something that no one else has ever done before.”
Fenton is a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and he has also authored books on the ethics and philosophy of philosophy.
He told BusinessWire that he was “very proud” to have been invited to the interview.
“When you have a lot of great philosophers who are working in different fields, you have to ask the questions and get the answers,” Fenton explained.
Fonter said that Cicero was a great writer.
“He wrote a lot and wrote really well, but I think his main strength was that he did not shy away from difficult questions, which is really rare,” Fonters said.
Fond of the work, Fenton has also written books on philosophy and ethics.
“We know very little about the ethical mind,” he added.
“So it’s really important that you try to make your students aware of it.”
The other authors on the interview, though, do not agree with that assessment.
“That’s not to say that the ethics is just a good book,” said professor of classical philosophy and history, Richard Dawkins.
“What the book does is say, ‘If we want to know what morality is, we have to understand the nature-nurture question.'”
“There’s a lot that is really important about ethics that we don’t really have an answer for,” he continued.
“One of the things that I find very interesting is the way that Cicerists Ethics makes the claim that you can never know what is good or bad, and what you can know is that what is true is better than what is false.”
Another of the contributors, historian and professor of ancient philosophy and religion