Cynics has 77 ratings and 13 reviews. Leo said: Very good introduction to Cynicism (of the ancient kind, a school of philosophy having very little to do. William Desmond, Cynics, Acumen, , pp, $ (pbk), ISBN Reviewed by John Moles, Newcastle University. Far from being pessimistic or nihilistic, as modern uses of the term “cynic” suggest, the ancient Cynics were astonishingly optimistic regarding human nature.

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Comment on this review in the BMCR blog. He concluded that cynicism “. Lucian called the cynic ideals of freedom and free speech the closest companions of truth.

Although the Cynic may appear hostile toward the masses, beneath the negativity and criticism lies a fundamental philanthropia. Cynics by William Desmond series Ancient Philosophies. Chance fate fortune and the self.

Cynics by William Desmond

Diogenes’ attitude to worldly rulers; his practical response to them; his frankness, bravery and culture of nature; Alexander’s knowledge of contemporary philosophers; and Onesicritus ‘ portrayal of Diogenes and of Diogenes’ role in his portrayal of Alexander.

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Approaching Cynicism from a variety of thematic perspectives as well—their critique of convention, praise of natural simplicity, advocacy of self-sufficiency, defiance of Fortune, and freedom—William Desmond offers a fascinating survey of a school of willizm that has had a tremendous influence throughout history and is of continuing interest today.

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Fifty years ago, simple quellenkritik Brown, Onesicritus [] n. Nature they viewed as generally benign, and the world and people were good.

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Some comments on d etail s in Chapter 6: Oenomaus of Gadara, according to Eusebius, mocked celebrated oracles. The fourth chapter offers a long, general discussion of fate and chance which is used to set up a discussion des,ond Cynic self-sufficiency. Desmond’s discussion of Onesicritus ‘ account of his visit to the Gymnosophists is under-developed, nor does he register the sheer chutzpah of Onesicritus ‘ ‘ cynicisation ‘ of Alexander on both: Very good introduction to Cynicism of the ancient kind, a school of philosophy having very little to do with the modern meaning of the word.

The introduction willkam distinguishes the modern sense of the term cynic from Cynicism as an historical, ethical, and social movement arising in Greco-Roman antiquity.

Fil rated it liked it Feb 24, The third chapter examines how Cynic naturalism provides the philosophical underpinning for Cynic practices discussed in the previous chapter. See if you have enough points for this item.

Hence a need for a deft mixture of primary material and context or background, of basic information and critical analysis. Dio Chrysostom’s and Lucian’s expropriation of Cynic figures are heavily utilized, as elsewhere in the book.

The Cynics are shown to be unconcerned with the philosophical debates on determinism, since their ethics prepares them to thrive irrespective of what fortune brings. This is a very good introduction to Capital-C Cynicism the philosophy, which is much different in many ways from cynicism the social behavior, though Cynics did at times act in a way that we might today call specifically cynical. Your display name should be at least 2 characters long. This engaging introduction to Cynicism considers both the fragmentary ancient evidence on the Cynics and the historical interpretations that have shaped the philosophy over the course of eight desmpnd Diogenes himself to Nietzsche and beyond.


The book is too long for its contents; disciplined pruning would have allowed desmoond additional matter. One wiliam way they prepared for this was to toughen themselves by being rid of the conveniences of contemporary society. We get to see the development of Cynical thought through its historical beginnings which are a bit controversial, either Antisthenes is the first Cynic, or Diogenes is through the classical Greek period, the empires of the Hellenistic and roman eras, and finally get a discussion of the influences of Wulliam thought on thinkers after the disappearance of “true” Cynics.

The term has its origins desmons the Greek word for dog, as the philosophers lived in a fashion, out in the open and shamelessly, that was pejoratively linked with the animal, which Greeks thought was sort of filthy, rather than man’s best friend.


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Desmond’s general emphasis on the importance of Cynicism to the Stoic Epictetus 59as against scholars such as Brunt and Long, seems to me correct and important, though space should somewhere have been found for full treatment of 3. Jul 29, Erin Panjer rated it it was amazing.