Cicero: Defining Law, Justice, and their Origins

Daily Dabble in the Classics, Cicero

The most learned men have determined to begin with Law. … Law is the highest reason, imlanted in Nature, which commands what ought to be done and forbids the opposite. This reason, when firmly fixed and fully developed in the human mind, is Law. … Law is intelligence, whose natural function it is to command right conduct and forbid wrong-doing. …. the origin of Justice is to be found in Law, for Law is a natural force; it is the mind and reason for the intelligent man, the standard by which Justice and Injustice are measured. … But in determining what Justice is, let us begin with that supreme Law which had its origin ages before any written law existed or any State had been established.


Source: Cicero, Laws, 1, 19.


Daily Dabble in the Classics is a project of Steve Farrell and The Moral Liberal.


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