By William Desmond

as soon as considered as a minor Socratic institution, Cynicism is now well-liked as one of many extra artistic and influential philosophical routine in antiquity. First coming 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 right down to the current, its beliefs of radical simplicity and freedom have alternately encouraged and disturbed onlookers. This booklet deals a survey of Cynicism, its diversified representatives and ideas, and the various contexts during which it operated. William Desmond introduces very important historic 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 lifestyle for which they're notorious.The crucial chapters find significant Cynic topics (nature and the normal lifestyles, Fortune, self-sufficiency, cosmopolitanism) in the wealthy matrix of rules debated by means of the traditional faculties. the ultimate bankruptcy stories a few moments within the assorted legacy of Cynicism, from Jesus to Nietzsche.

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