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SecurityPolitics, Humanity, and the Philology of Care$
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John T. Hamilton

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780691157528

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691157528.001.0001

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Tranquillity, Anger, and Caution

Tranquillity, Anger, and Caution

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John T. Hamilton

Princeton University Press

This chapter considers ancient conceptions of securitas. It argues that Although Cicero never provided a sustained, comprehensive account of securitas, one can nevertheless determine the term's import by attending to its functions within the context of his arguments, explanations, and illustrations. Essentially, securitas numbers among those technical terms that Cicero selected to transmit Greek concepts for a Roman audience. Its initial significance, therefore, cannot be considered apart from a highly complex network of philosophical speculation and schemas, above all, Stoic theories of selfhood. In order to ascertain what the term securitas denotes in this early usage, one must consider the inner core of one's being that moral precepts attempt to secure. That is, one must interrogate the constitution of the self: its composition, its relation to an individual's physiology, emotions, or passions; its performative roles in society, and so forth—questions that are far from simple to resolve.

Keywords:   Cicero, security, Stoic, selfhood, self

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