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Diogenes The Cynic: The War Against The World

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For over eight hundred years, philosophers—men and women—who called themselves Cynics, literally "dogs" in their language, roamed the streets and byways of the Hellenistic world, teaching strange ideas and practicing a bizarre way of life. Among them, the most important and distinctive was Diogenes of Sinope, who became the archetype of Classical Cynicism. In this comprehe ...more
Paperback, 260 pages
Published July 30th 2005 by Humanity Books
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Jan 03, 2016 B rated it really liked it
I would grant this book four stars if the author didn't so frequently mollycoddle Diogenes like an irrational and overprotective mother and defend him against every insult thrown his way by all critics of all ages. Navia repeatedly employs the underhanded rhetorical tactic of relinquishing some ground to the enemy to give the appearance of being objective and dispassionate, only to about-face immediately afterwards and argue that, despite these concessions, Diogenes does in fact deserve almost u ...more
Apr 14, 2008 Tami rated it really liked it
The life and the legacy are both wrapped in mystery and controversy. Nothing of Diogenes' philosophical works has survived through to modern day from his life in the fifth century BCE. Yet, other Greek figures and philosophers are filled with stories and fables about the man who called himself a dog. Unfortunately, these accounts tend to vary substantially on the events of Diogenes' life as well as their opinion on whether Diogenes was a great philosopher or whether he was just completely insane ...more
Mar 02, 2013 monica rated it liked it
Read in Portuguese(br) translation by Editora Odisseus.

It's a very academic book i.e. things are explained in great detail and not much certainty is given about anything. I enjoyed how thorough was the book and the fact that its appendix includes Diogenes Laertius take on Diogenes of Sinope.
Sep 17, 2011 Pat rated it liked it
I didn't enjoy the excessive interpretation put on top of Diogenes. The uncertainty is unavoidable given how little we know, but I would have preferred a greater focus on the actions and sayings of Diogenes even if it had been a shorter book.
Jan 20, 2014 Elizabeth rated it liked it
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“When he saw the child of some prostitute throw stones at a crowd, Diogenes shouted to him, "Take care that you don't hit your father!” 0 likes
“From Hunayn ibn-Ishak (Diogenes,8), we learn about his view of women and education: when he saw a man teaching a girl how to read and write, he advised him not to make a bad thing even worse.” 0 likes
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