Cynics (Ancient Philosophies) by William Desmond

By William Desmond

as soon as considered as a minor Socratic institution, Cynicism is now favorite as one of many extra artistic and influential philosophical events in antiquity. First bobbing up within the city-states of overdue classical Greece, Cynicism thrived throughout the Hellenistic and Roman sessions, until eventually the triumph of Christianity and the very finish of pagan antiquity. In all ages all the way down to the current, its beliefs of radical simplicity and freedom have alternately encouraged and disturbed onlookers. This publication bargains a survey of Cynicism, its assorted representatives and concepts, and the numerous contexts during which it operated. William Desmond introduces very important old Cynics and their occasions, from Diogenes 'the puppy' within the fourth century BC to Sallustius within the 5th century advert. He info the Cynics' rejection of assorted conventional customs and the rebellious lifestyle for which they're notorious.The vital chapters find significant Cynic issues (nature and the ordinary existence, Fortune, self-sufficiency, cosmopolitanism) in the wealthy matrix of principles debated by means of the traditional colleges. the ultimate bankruptcy studies a few moments within the various legacy of Cynicism, from Jesus to Nietzsche.

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