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Sean McConnell
University of Otago
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    How Kant might explain ugliness.Sean McConnell - 2008 - British Journal of Aesthetics 48 (2):205-228.
    A number of recent studies have claimed to explain how Kant can or cannot accommodate pure judgements of ugliness in his aesthetic theory. In this paper I critically review the arguments on each side of the debate and then develop a new account of how Kant might explain the pure judgement of the ugly, namely, by appeal to the quickening of the faculties in their harmonious free play. Some implications and applications of such an explanation are then explored, including a (...)
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    The Epicurean virtue of ΜΕΓΑΛΟΨΥΧΙΑ.Sean McConnell - 2017 - Classical Philology 112:175-199.
    The virtue of μεγαλοψυχία or greatness of soul is prominent in the works of Aristotle as well as in the Peripatetic and Stoic traditions. However, mention of μεγαλοψυχία is extremely rare in our surviving evidence for the Epicurean school. In this paper I reconstruct a viable Epicurean position on μεγαλοψυχία. I argue that the Epicureans have a distinctive account of the virtue that is compatible with their hedonist ethics, and that can also be seen as a reaction to Aristotle. I (...)
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    Philosophical Life in Cicero's Letters.Sean McConnell - 2014 - New York: Cambridge University Press.
    Cicero's letters are saturated with learned philosophical allusions and arguments. This innovative study shows just how fundamental these are for understanding Cicero's philosophical activities and for explaining the enduring interest of his ethical and political thought. Dr McConnell draws particular attention to Cicero's treatment of Plato's Seventh Letter and his views on the relationship between philosophy and politics. He also illustrates the various ways in which Cicero finds philosophy an appealing and effective mode of self-presentation and a congenial, pointed medium (...)
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    Plato’s Critique of Antisthenes on Pleasure and the Good Life.Sean McConnell - 2015 - Ancient Philosophy 35 (2):329-349.
    The anonymous anti-hedonists at Philebus 44a–53c make three bold claims: (1) there are in fact no such things as pleasures; (2) what the hedonist followers of Philebus call pleasure is really nothing but escape from pain; (3) there is nothing healthy in pleasure (pleasure is never a good). These anti-hedonists are commonly identified with Speusippus, Plato’s nephew and his successor as head of the Academy. In this paper I first argue that this widely favoured view should be rejected. I then (...)
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  5. Lucretius on the nature of parental love.Sean McConnell - 2018 - Antichthon 52:72-89.
    This paper outlines the full details of Lucretius’ treatment of parental love. It shows that Lucretius is faithful to Epicurus’ notorious claim that parental love is not natural: in addition to orthodox Epicurean hedonist concerns, Lucretius asserts that children do not “belong to” their parents by nature; as such, even though parental love is now ubiquitous and indeed a cultural norm, there is no basis for the naturalness of parental love. This model of the relationship between parents and children does (...)
     
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    The wise should rule - Desmond philosopher-kings of antiquity. Pp. X + 256. London and new York: Continuum, 2011. Cased, £19.99. Isbn: 978-0-8264-3475-3. [REVIEW]Sean Mcconnell - 2014 - The Classical Review 64 (1):66-68.
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    Review of M. Schofield (2021) Cicero: Political Philosophy (Oxford University Press)’. [REVIEW]Sean McConnell - 2021 - Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2021.
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    Lucretius and Civil Strife.Sean McConnell - 2012 - Phoenix 66:97-121.
    I reconstruct the Epicurean philosophical position on civil strife and examine Lucretius’ engagement with the topic against it. I challenge the scholarly consensus and argue that there is in fact no compulsion to explain Lucretius’ concern with civil strife by appeal to a preoccupation with contemporary events.
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    Power and persuasion in Cicero's philosophy.Nathan Gilbert, Margaret Graver & Sean McConnell (eds.) - 2023 - New York, NY, USA: Cambridge University Press.
    This interdisciplinary volume will be essential reading for students and scholars working on Greco-Roman philosophy, Roman rhetoric, and the history and literary culture of the Roman Republic. It showcases innovative methodological approaches to Cicero the philosopher and defines new directions for the immediate future of the field.
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  10. Cicero and Dicaearchus.Sean Mcconnell - 2012 - Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy 42:307-349.
    Cicero's general interest in Dicaearchus’ ethical and political thought can be detected in his letters to Atticus and De legibus. One can also infer from De divinatione that Dicaearchus was a source for Cicero’s De republica. At present, however, we do not possess a clear and detailed picture of Dicaearchus’ influence on Cicero’s own ethical and political thought. Scholars have been hindered by a lack of explicit evidence concerning the nature of Dicaearchus’ philosophical arguments as well as Cicero’s failure to (...)
     
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  11. Cicero and Socrates.Sean McConnell - 2019 - In Christopher Moore (ed.), Brill's Companion to the Reception of Socrates. Leiden, Netherlands: Brill. pp. 347-366.
    Much has been written on Cicero’s deployment of the Socratic method of in utramque partem argument, his use of Plato’s Socratic dialogues as literary models, and so forth. There has been less attention given to the nature of Cicero’s reception of ‘Socrates the man’. In this chapter I consider Cicero’s reception of ‘Socrates the man’ and argue that essentially he saw Socrates as an important model for ‘philosophy in practical life’.
     
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  12. Cicero and the golden age tradition.Sean McConnell - 2021 - In Utopias in Ancient Thought. Berlin, Germany: pp. 213–230.
    This paper examines Cicero’s engagement with the golden age tradition of utopian thinking, which is prominent not only in Greek literature but also in Plato and the Peripatetic and Stoic philosophical traditions. It makes the case that in De re publica and later philosophical works such as the Tusculan Disputations Cicero draws on philosophical accounts of the golden age—most significantly that of the Peripatetic Dicaearchus of Messana (c.350–c.285 BC)—in his analysis of the Roman res publica and the nature of Roman (...)
     
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  13. Cicero on the emotions and the soul.Sean McConnell - 2021 - In Jed W. Atkins & Thomas Bénatouïl (eds.), The Cambridge Companion to Cicero's Philosophy. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. pp. 150–165.
    This chapter provides a critical account of Cicero’s discussion of the nature of the soul and the emotions in the Tusculan Disputations. The first two sections trace the key steps of Cicero’s argumentation, as he critically evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of various competing views in the Greek philosophical tradition. Cicero ultimately purports to favor Plato’s position on the immortality of the soul and the Stoics’ cognitivist account of the emotions. The final section draws attention to the ways in which (...)
     
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  14. Epicureans on Kingship.Sean McConnell - 2010 - Cambridge Classical Journal 56:178-198.
    Diogenes Laertius lists in his catalogue of Epicurus' works (10.28) a treatise On Kingship, which is unfortunately no longer extant. Owing to the Epicureans' antipathy to politics, such a work might be viewed with surprise and presumed to be virulently negative in outlook. Indeed, Plutarch reports that the Epicureans wrote on kingship only to ward people away from living in the company of kings(Adv. Col. 1127a) and that they maintained that to be king oneself was a terrible mistake (Adv. Col. (...)
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  15. ‘Review of A. Dressler (2016) Personification and the Feminine in Roman Philosophy (Cambridge University Press)’. Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2017.03.48. [REVIEW]Sean McConnell - 2017 - Bryn Mawr Classical Review 3:48.
  16. ‘Review of J. Atkins (2013) Cicero on Politics and the Limits of Reason: The Republic and Laws (Cambridge University Press)’. Classical Journal 2014.11.07. [REVIEW]Sean McConnell - 2014 - Classical Journal 11:07.
  17. ‘Review of J. Fish and K. R. Saunders (eds.) (2011) Epicurus and the Epicurean Tradition (Cambridge University Press)’. Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2011.11.43. [REVIEW]Sean McConnell - 2011 - Bryn Mawr Classical Review 11:43.
  18. ‘Review of K. Lampe (2015) The Birth of Hedonism: The Cyrenaic Philosophers and Pleasure as a Way of Life (Princeton University Press)’. Classical Journal 2015.09.02. [REVIEW]Sean McConnell - 2015 - Classical Journal 9:02.
  19. ‘Review of M. Bonazzi and S. Schorn (eds.) (2016) Bios Philosophos: Philosophy in Ancient Greek Biography (Brepols)’. [REVIEW]Sean McConnell - 2017 - Classical Journal 2017:09.05.
  20. ‘Review of R. Kamtekar (ed.) (2012) Virtue and Happiness: Essays in Honour of Julia Annas. Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy Supplementary Volume’. Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2013.7.37. [REVIEW]Sean McConnell - 2013 - Bryn Mawr Classical Review 7:37.
  21. Review of S. Maso (2022) Cicero's Philosophy (de Gruyter)'. [REVIEW]Sean McConnell - 2022 - Bryn Mawr Classical Review.
  22. ‘Review of W. Nicgorski (ed.) (2012) Cicero’s Practical Philosophy (Notre Dame University Press)’. Classical Journal 2012.12.16. [REVIEW]Sean McConnell - 2012 - Classical Journal 12:16.
  23. ‘Why is Latin spectrum a bad translation of Epicurus’ ΕΙΔΩΛΟΝ? Cicero and Cassius on a point of philosophical translation’.Sean McConnell - 2019 - Mnemosyne 72 (1):154-162.
    This paper examines two letters between Cicero and Gaius Cassius Longinus in which they critically discuss and denigrate the translation of Epicurus’ term εἴδωλον as spectrum by an Epicurean named Catius. It first offers a new positive account for why Catius made his choice of translation, and it then outlines the full reasons for why Cicero and Cassius found the translation unsatisfying.
     
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    Raphael Woolf. Cicero: The Philosophy of a Roman Sceptic. Reviewed by. [REVIEW]Sean McConnell - 2015 - Philosophy in Review 35 (6):319-320.
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  25. Epicurean education and the rhetoric of concern.Sean McConnell - 2015 - Acta Classica 58:111-145.
    There has been a large amount of scholarly controversy over the precise nature of the motivations at play in the Epicurean accounts of justice and friendship, and whether any form of altruism or other-concern is compatible with Epicurean hedonist ethics. This paper addresses this tension between self- and other-concern from a novel angle, by examining the motivations behind Epicurean educational practice. What emerges is a rather complex motivational picture that reaffirms the Epicureans' philosophical commitment to egoism, but at the same (...)
     
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    Magnitudo animi and cosmic politics in Cicero's De re publica.Sean McConnell - 2017 - Classical Journal 113:45-70.
    his paper offers a fresh interpretation of the role played by the Dream of Scipio in Cicero’s De re publica. It explores Cicero’s key distinction between the cosmic and the local levels of statesmanship and the problems he sees with localism, and it details fully for the first time the importance that Cicero attached to the virtue of magnitudo animi (“greatness of soul”). The paper makes the case that in De re publica Cicero promotes his own innovative cosmic model of (...)
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    Demetrius of Laconia and the debate between the Stoics and the Epicureans on the nature of parental love.Sean McConnell - 2017 - Classical Quarterly 67 (1):149-162.
    Epicurus denies that human beings have natural parental love for their children, and his account of the development of justice and human political community does not involve any natural affinity between human beings in general but rather a form of social contract. The Stoics to the contrary assert that parental love is natural; and, moreover, they maintain that natural parental love is the first principle of social οἰκείωσις, which provides the basis for the naturalness of justice and human political community. (...)
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    Cicero De Senectute- (A.) Sjöblad Metaphors Cicero Lived By. The Metaphor and Simile in De senectute. (Studia Graeca et Latina Lundensia 16.) Pp. iv + 204. Lund: Centre for Languages and Literature, Lund University, 2009. Paper. ISBN: 978-91-628-7799-6. [REVIEW]Sean Mcconnell - 2011 - The Classical Review 61 (1):112-113.
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    A New Perspective on Antisthenes: Logos, Predicate and Ethics in His Philosophy by P. A. Meijer. [REVIEW]Sean McConnell - 2018 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 56 (1):169-170.
    Antisthenes of Athens was a contemporary follower of Socrates who wrote prolifically on topics ranging from semantics to ethics to Homeric criticism. He was also a fierce rival of Plato and, in our ancient sources, his austere ethical views are sometimes presented as an inspiration for the Cynic and Stoic schools of philosophy. Evidently, Antisthenes was a major figure in antiquity, but we have only second-hand reports of his philosophical life and legacy. The most prominent modern scholarship on Antisthenes is (...)
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    Daniel S. Werner , Myth and Philosophy in Plato's Phaedrus . Reviewed by. [REVIEW]Sean McConnell - 2013 - Philosophy in Review 33 (5):421-423.
  31. ‘Review of A. Bronowski (2019) The Stoics on Lekta: All There is To Say (Oxford University Press)’. [REVIEW]Sean McConnell - 2022 - Classical Journal.
     
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    Philosophy and Political Power in Antiquity, edited by Cinzia Arruzza. [REVIEW]Sean McConnell - 2018 - Polis 35 (1):312-315.
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    Marina Berzins McCoy , Wounded Heroes: Vulnerability as a Virtue in Ancient Greek Literature and Philosophy . Reviewed by. [REVIEW]Sean McConnell - 2015 - Philosophy in Review 35 (1):35-37.
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    Susan H. Prince, Antisthenes of Athens: Texts, Translations, and Commentary. Reviewed by. [REVIEW]Sean McConnell - 2016 - Philosophy in Review 36 (5):218-219.
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    J. P. F. Wynne, "Cicero on the Philosophy of Religion: On the Nature of the Gods and On Divination.". [REVIEW]Sean McConnell - 2020 - Philosophy in Review 40 (4):176-178.
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    Brad Inwood, ed. , Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy, Volume 39 . Reviewed by. [REVIEW]Sean McConnell - 2012 - Philosophy in Review 32 (6):475-480.
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    Brad Inwood, ed. , Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy, Volume 38 . Reviewed by. [REVIEW]Sean McConnell - 2012 - Philosophy in Review 32 (6):475-480.
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    Jonathan Zarecki: Cicero’s Ideal Statesman in Theory and Practice. London/New York: Bloomsbury 2014, xi + 212 pp. [REVIEW]Sean McConnell - 2016 - Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie 98 (2):234-237.
    Name der Zeitschrift: Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie Jahrgang: 98 Heft: 2 Seiten: 234-237.
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    Brad Inwood, ed. , Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy, Volume 41 . Reviewed by. [REVIEW]Sean McConnell - 2012 - Philosophy in Review 32 (6):475-480.
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    Troels Engberg-Pedersen, , From Stoicism to Platonism: The Development of Philosophy, 100 BCE-100 CE. Reviewed by. [REVIEW]Sean McConnell - 2017 - Philosophy in Review 37 (5/6):188-191.
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    Brad Inwood, ed. , Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy, Volumes 44 and 45 . Reviewed by. [REVIEW]Sean McConnell - 2015 - Philosophy in Review 35 (2):80-84.
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    Old Men in Cicero's Political Philosophy.Sean McConnell - 2023 - In Power and Persuasion in Cicero's Philosophy. Cambridge University Press. pp. 218-240.
    In his philosophical works Cicero addresses a number of questions concerning the role of old men in politics, most obviously in his dialogue De senectute of 44 BCE. How best should the old participate in politics and the wider community—what, if anything, do the old have to offer that is special or unique? How should the generations fit together in the body politic, and should age be a factor in the structural organisation of states? Should the old rule? This chapter (...)
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    The problem of Aristippus at Cicero, De officiis 1.148.Sean McConnell - 2023 - Mnemosyne 76:121–135.
    The manuscripts of De officiis all record something strange at 1.148: Cicero says that the philosophers Socrates and Aristippus had exceptional licence to flout social custom and convention owing to their ‘great and divine good qualities’ (magna et divina bona). There are no worries about Socrates, but the example of Aristippus seems preposterous. This paper makes the following argument: (1) elsewhere Cicero defines divina bona in such a way to exclude hedonists; this should rule out crediting Aristippus with magna et (...)
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