By Luis Navia
The existence and teachings of Diogenes of Sinope, the Greek thinker who gave upward push to classical Cynicism, deserve cautious attention due to their relevance to modern moral concerns. the duty of reconstructing the philosopher's lifestyles, notwithstanding, is exceptionally tough, simply because in his case, greater than in these of different old philosophers, we needs to deal not just with the shortage of trustworthy assets and tales, but in addition with the mountains of anecdotal and fictional money owed which are chargeable for the production of a veritable literary legend round the Cynic who as soon as lived in a bathtub. This finished learn reconstructs his biography at the foundation of classical and Arabic resources, identifies the most rules and rules of his philosophy, and exhibits the appliance of his philosophical message for our modern world.
It additionally comprises an commonly annotated translation of Diogenes Laertius' Life of Diogenes of Sinope, that's our imperative resource of data concerning the philosopher.
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Atti dell 'Jstituto Veneta di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti 1 32 ( 1 973 - 1 974), pp. 247ff. There are also several dramatic reconstructions of the encounter, as exemplified by D. Pinski, Aleksander un Dyogenes. Veltgeshikhlekhe Tragedye (Vilne: B. Kletskin, 1 930). 3 1 . Long, "The Socratic Tradition," pp. 45. 3 2 . Sarapis (or Serapis) was an Egyptian deity believed to have originated in Memphis. There are, however, reports that allege that the birthplace of the cult of Sarapis was Sinope and that it was from there that the Greeks brought it to Egypt (Tacit, Hist.
3 7 4. 1 8. F. Sayre, Diogenes ofSinope, p. 95. 1 9. Several important works on Diogenes' letters have been published in recent times. Among these, A. J. Malherbe's The Cynic Epistles: A Study Edition (Missoula, Mont. : Scholars Press, 1 977) is of great value, as is also V. E. D. diss. Stanford University, 1 968). 20. The best example of this exaggerated scholarly tendency is F. Sayre, for whom the process of legend formation concerning Diogenes continues even in modem times. See in this regard his Diogenes ofSinope, pp.
23 1 ff. 9. T. Gomperz, A History of Ancient Philosophy. Translated by G. G. Berry (London: John Murray, 1 964), Vol. 2, p. 1 50. 1 0. For a discussion of the conception of Diogenes as a Lumpensammler, that is, as a typical Parisian chiffonnier of the nineteenth century, see D. Rieger, Diogenes als Lumpensammler. Materialen zu einer Gestalt der franzdsischen Literatur des 1 9. Jahr hunderts (Munich: Wilhelm Fink Verlag, 1 982). A Biographical Sketch 3 7 l l . F. Sayre, Diogenes of Sinope: A Study of Greek Cynicism (Baltimore: J.