An Outline of Cynic Philosophy: Antisthenes of Athens and Diogenes of Sinope in Diogenes Laertius Book Six

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This volume is a revised translation of the complete text of Book Six about Diogenes of Sinope and the Cynics, taken from The Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosophers written around AD 230 by the Graeco-Roman author Diogenes Laertius. The Life of Diogenes is accompanied by a detailed outline of Cynic philosophy, explaining Cynic doctrine and its significance for today's audience. Alongside the Life of Diogenes are accounts of other Cynics, including Antisthenes, Crates and Hipparchia. The works of the early Cynics have all been lost, and this text by Diogenes Laertius thankfully preserves an important range of quotations and references. Despite the Cynic’s extreme stance, this idealistic philosophy still has a valid part to play in the face of the increasing materialism of our modern society, challenging us to re-evaluate our priorities. The nineteenth-century translation of C. D. Yonge has been substantially revised, and is supported by a new Introduction, Glossary of Names,... More > Notes and Index.< Less
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  • By peter robinson
    Jun 25, 2010
    This book is yet another example of Mr. Seddon's unoriginality and his insatiable desire for recognition in the prestigious world of academic philosophy. The book has nothing new in it; it is virtually a plagiarism -- certainly derivative: the various Cynic texts are all appropriated (and tweaked slightly) from other authors then presented as Mr. Seddon's work. He is not even a Cynic -- nor is he sympathetic in any way to the hugely influential and variegated richness that is the Cynic tapestry; his book is put out primarily in order to cash in on renewed general interest in the Cynics. But Mr. Seddon styles himself as something of a Stoic - what thing precisely of a Stoic I don't know: something to do with New Age paganism, a kind of *pop Stoicism*, from what I can gather. He has no real time for the Cynics as he says in another of his books, *A Guide to Stoic Living*, "The Stoic view is that this feeling [living the philosophical life for the 'right motives' (whatever *they*... More > might be in Mr. Seddon's parlance)] is undermined by the Cynic approach and is undermined even by adopting the *appearance* of a Cynic, if not the lifestyle itself." Poppycock! Mr. Seddon has no understanding of and little sympathy for the Cynics. There are other serious works on the Cynics and Cynicism in the marketplace that put this effort of Mr. Seddon's to shame.< Less
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Keith Seddon
November 11, 2011
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