Video: Vittorio Bufacchi on why Cicero matters

Figs in Winter
1 min readJun 10, 2024

Meet the Greco-Romans, episode 9

Vittorio Bufacchi

Welcome to another entry in an occasional series of video chats with authors and translators who have written about the philosophy, culture, and history of the Greco-Roman tradition.

In this episode I talk to Vittorio Bufacchi, Senior Lecturer in the Philosophy Department at University College Cork, Ireland. Vittorio did his PhD (1994) at the London School of Economics. He specializes in political philosophy, especially on questions of social injustice, human rights, and political violence. His last two books are on Cicero (Why Cicero Matters — Bloomsbury 2023) and philosophy and Covid-19 (Everything Must Change: Philosophical Lessons From Lockdown — Manchester University Press 2021).

I was particularly interested in this conversation as I too am writing a book on Cicero because, like Vittorio, I’m truly convinced that this pivotal first century BCE thinker still matters very much to us! Here is our conversation:

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Figs in Winter

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