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Classical Cynicism
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More than a "school" of philosophy with a defined set of beliefs and convictions, classical Cynicism represents an unconventional "sect" of philosophers and a way of life. This is a complete account of classical Cynicism from its beginnings in the Socratic circle to its extinction in late Roman times. In this thoroughly documented study, Navia explores various issues related to the sources of information about the Cynics, the development of Cynicism, and the principal representatives of classical Cynicism. Exploring the relationship between classical Cynicism and cynicism as understood in its ordinary modern sense, the author argues that despite their common designation, they represent significantly different philosophical attitudes. This book explicates the main ideas associated with classical Cynicism and argues that, its shortcomings notwithstanding, classical Cynicism furnishes us with a wealthy source of philosophical enlightenment. Individual chapters are devoted to Antisthenes, Diogenes, and Crates, the three principal classical Cynics. Attention is given to the development and application of certain fundamental Cynic ideas and to the transformation of these ideas throughout the eight centuries during which Cynicism was an influential philosophical movement. The book provides abundant references to primary and secondary sources and includes a bibliography of over five hundred entries.
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Examines the history of classical Cynicism from its beginning in the Socratic circle to its extinction in late Roman times.

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Preface The Origins of Cynicism Antisthenes, The Absolute Dog Diogenes, A Socrates Gone Mad Crates, The Door-Opener Hellenistic and Roman Cynicism Bibliography Index of Names Index of Subjects

About the Author

LUIS E. NAVIA is Dean of Arts, Sciences and Communication, and Professor of Philosophy at New York Institute of Technology. He is the author of The Philosophy of Cynicism (Greenwood Press, 1995), has published twelve books in philosophy and cosmology, and has edited several philosophy textbooks. For over 20 years, he has worked for the Commission on Higher Education.

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"Navia's work is a real advance in the area, and...will be a contribution on an international level....The value of Navia's volume is found not merely in being a welcome addition to the library of any philosopher, classicist, or historical theologian. His analysis of the chief traits and characters of the ancient tradition enables us to pursue some of his suggestions of influence in contemporary thinking (Foucault in Postmodernism) and of similar behaviour in twentieth-century politics (the Hippies and their subsequent influence)."-Dialogue: Canadian Philosophical Review ?Navia's work is a real advance in the area, and...will be a contribution on an international level....The value of Navia's volume is found not merely in being a welcome addition to the library of any philosopher, classicist, or historical theologian. His analysis of the chief traits and characters of the ancient tradition enables us to pursue some of his suggestions of influence in contemporary thinking (Foucault in Postmodernism) and of similar behaviour in twentieth-century politics (the Hippies and their subsequent influence).?-Dialogue: Canadian Philosophical Review

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