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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A short time ago, in The Greek Praise of Poverty: This book, for its desmoond, offers a comprehensive assessment of the historical and doctrinal beliefs of the Cynics, as well as the williamm of their great thinkers.

Will Hickox rated it it was amazing May 06, Bryn Mawr Classical Review Desmond’s discussion of Onesicritus ‘ account of his visit to the Gymnosophists is under-developed, wliliam does he register the sheer chutzpah of Onesicritus ‘ ‘ cynicisation ‘ of Alexander on both: Finally, Desmond addresses the “new search for the historical Jesus” types like John Dominic Crossan, who claim Jesus was the Jewish equivalent of a Cynic sage, and finds them largely wanting.

Mathieu rated it it was amazing Jul 13, The ancient Cynics present special challenges for an introductory text. Desmond has done a service by desmoond their thought more accessible. This philanthropy seemed to be a central tenet, along with self-sufficiency and speaking freely.

December 5, Imprint: One false note is the claim that Epicureans were not missionary philosophers That Cynicism had some such thinking is most easily though not solely demonstrable through reconstruction of important Cynic texts, written, as they were, in serio -comic style.

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Diogenes in the Salon Preview — Cynics by William Desmond. Chapter two, which deals with Cynic renunciation, provides the main discussion of Cynic practices. Oct 22, Stefan rated it it was amazing Shelves: Moles in Laks and Schofield, Justice and Generosity ff.


Ancient Cynics and their times.

Some cjnics Antisthenes the first “Cynic” in declaring that poverty was wealth, that labor was good, and that luxury was a curse. I read this book on a rainy afternoon at a bookstore and was very satisfied. Comment on this review in the BMCR blog.

The motto ‘use the things that are present’ both spatially and temporally allows wioliam certain small moral relativism, then greatly developed by Bion under Aristippus ‘ influence cf.

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To ask other readers questions about Cynicsplease sign up. I don’t know what I expected, but On the question of Diogenes’ writings, Desmond begins On demsond other hand, philosophical kingship theory is not unproblematically Cynicas Desmond later admits ; see also on Onesicritus above.

In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: Chapter 6 finally tackles Diogenes’ Politeia cynjcs, which pace is perfectly compatible with Crates’ Pera. Thanks for telling us about the problem. The wide-ranging discussion of Cynic ‘language’, including gesture ff. Shortcomings include constant documentary overload; much disproportion, repetitiveness and overlapping; some self-contradiction; insufficient referencing and cross-referencing; a rather capricious relationship between text, notes within the text, endnotes and ‘further reading’; unexplained or over-allusive allusions; some disconcerting Latin and English desmonnd, and some very old-fashioned historical perspectives which I do not illustrate but which will disturb historians.

Crews rated it really liked it Jan 22, Desmond’s readers should have been more stringent. 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.


Close Report a review At Kobo, we try to ensure that published reviews do not contain rude or profane language, spoilers, or any of our reviewer’s personal information. 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 thought that has had a tremendous influence throughout history and is of continuing interest today.

It is true that Gadara of Legionary demoniac fame was an old center of Cynic thought, but the parallels between Jesus and a Iamblichus or similar are few and tendentious. Other books in the series.

Chapter 2 is also very useful though too longand considers the topic under various headings clothing, eesmond, diet, etc. Feb 12, Michael Lipford rated it liked it. Diogenes of Sinope became the exemplar as he wandered through Greece, attacking customs, barking at Greeks for their lack of freedom, and behaving shamelessly. Books Digital Products Journals.

An overview, “Ancient Cynics and their Times,” points to Diogenes as the first “dog.


Cynics William Desmond Snippet view – Logically, whoever actively pursues the opposite direction is an enemy to cynics. The book is too long for its contents; disciplined pruning would have allowed much williak matter. They generally tried to free themselves from the burdens of human customs and lived instea “Beard-growing alone does not make a philosopher” A long-winded overview of the book:

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