What does Cicero mean


When he says the life of the philosopher is a meditation on death?

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As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

16 thoughts on “What does Cicero mean

  1. I don’t know and would like to be enlightened, but I’ll take a wild guess. Since the purpose of philosophy is rational contemplation of the unknown, and what humans actually know pales in comparison to what they do not know, then the philosopher must be dedicated to the grand metaphysical realm of life and death where death is the final arbiter. Therefore, it would be logical to see the philosopher’s life as a meditation on death.

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    • makagutu says:

      this is a good way to look at it.
      the philosophers of the east talk about detachment from desire. a life free of desire is almost a meditation on death and Cicero talks of being free from bodily bonds or fetters and sees this present life as death itself

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  2. Swarn Gill says:

    I like Robert’s explanation. When I first contemplated this statement, I was perhaps thinking from somewhat of a longer arc of knowledge in the sense that philosophy aims first to venture into that unknown, in the hopes that these questions are then answered by scientists, which then leads to new questions perhaps. But as knowledge advances there is a sort of life and death cycle to ideas that occurs in which certain questions are eventually laid to rest while new ones come to life. A philosophers life is thus the beginning of the process that eventually leads to death…thus a sort of meditation on how answers could be found to our questions. Robert’s is perhaps more likely but that’s just what I initially thought.

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  3. shelldigger says:

    I believe it is that the true philosopher is never content with any rationality, and always lives for seeking the inbetween. A never ending cascade of word gaming e.g. “what is the meaning of meaning?” Such that it is an inescapable swirling toilet of crap until death.

    Or maybe that’s just my personal take on much of philosophy… 🙂

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  4. Oh, man, I hate to break this to you, bro, but you’re misquoting what Cicero actually said. Here’s the corrected quote: “Philosophy is a meditation on Dave.” Now, the big question here is, who the fuck is Dave? For centuries, this question has baffled thinkers far wiser and more learned than I, so I’m not even going to attempt to answer it.

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  5. john zande says:

    Existential Death Anxiety.

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