Diogenes The Cynic: The War Against The World by Luis E. Navia

By Luis E. Navia

For over 8 hundred years, philosophers—men and women—who known as themselves Cynics, actually "dogs" of their language, roamed the streets and byways of the Hellenistic international, instructing unusual rules and training a strange lifestyle. between them, an important and detailed was once Diogenes of Sinope, who turned the archetype of Classical Cynicism. during this complete, completely researched, and fascinating ebook, thinker Luis E. Navia undertakes the duty of reconstructing Diogenes’ existence and extracting from him classes which are priceless in our time.

The booklet is split into 5 chapters. bankruptcy 1 offers a biographical cartoon of Diogenes built at the foundation of historical stories. In bankruptcy 2, the perform of Cynicism, as exemplified by way of Diogenes, is elucidated. This "war opposed to the world," as Navia describes it, in particular the rhetoric of Cynicism, was once the first medium utilized by the Cynics to express their message. bankruptcy three clarifies the roots and foundation of the Cynic metamorphosis, that's, the method wherein Diogenes reworked himself right into a puppy. This strategy contains advanced mental, sociological, and philosophical elements, leader between which used to be Socrates’ impact on Diogenes throughout the enterprise of Antisthenes. bankruptcy four reconstructs the philosophy of Diogenes via determining twelve rules of his proposal. In bankruptcy five, the impression of Diogenes is mentioned. Navia emphasizes the massive distinction among Diogenes’ principles and elegance of lifestyles at the one hand and, at the different, what's these days referred to as cynicism.

The e-book offers considerable references to historical tales and smooth scholarship. It contains an broadly annotated translation of Diogenes Laertius’s biography of Diogenes and a complete bibliography.

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