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Cynics (Ancient Philosophies) by William Desmond

By William Desmond

as soon as considered as a minor Socratic college, Cynicism is now sought after as one of many extra artistic and influential philosophical pursuits in antiquity. First coming up within the city-states of overdue classical Greece, Cynicism thrived in the course of the Hellenistic and Roman sessions, till the triumph of Christianity and the very finish of pagan antiquity. In all ages right down to the current, its beliefs of radical simplicity and freedom have alternately encouraged and disturbed onlookers. This booklet bargains a survey of Cynicism, its diverse representatives and concepts, and the numerous contexts during which it operated. William Desmond introduces vital historical Cynics and their occasions, from Diogenes 'the puppy' within the fourth century BC to Sallustius within the 5th century advert. He information the Cynics' rejection of assorted conventional customs and the rebellious way of life for which they're notorious.The critical chapters find significant Cynic topics (nature and the ordinary lifestyles, Fortune, self-sufficiency, cosmopolitanism) in the wealthy matrix of rules debated via the traditional faculties. the ultimate bankruptcy studies a few moments within the various legacy of Cynicism, from Jesus to Nietzsche.

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