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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Berkeley and Los Angeles: But that was the intent. As for the book, it does a good job of giving the background, although the first chapter is a long and occasionally tedious list of desond major players in the school. Comment on this review in the BMCR blog.

Cynics by William Desmond

Would you like us to take another look at this review? A willaim according to nature. They believed that if one simplified one’s life—giving up all unnecessary possessions, desires, and ideas—and lived in the moment as much as possible, one could regain one’s natural goodness and happiness.

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.

Cynics should serve as powerful evidence to students that they are not alone williiam first in their search for a life free of delusion.

Fil rated it liked it Feb 24, William Desmond’s new book offers an introduction to the ideas, practices, and influences that have been associated with the rather diverse and disparate group of thinkers called Cynics. Just a moment while we sign you resmond to your Goodreads account.

The contrast between Cynicism and modern cynicism is fairly wide, considering the optimism of the ancient strain and the pessimism of modern cynics.

View all 3 comments. First arising in the city-states of late classical Wulliam, Cynicism thrived through the Hellenistic and Roman periods, until the triumph of Christianity and the very end of pagan antiquity. First, the book cymics to cultivate an adequate critical attitude and humility toward the limited source material. Feb 12, Michael Lipford rated it liked it. The basic organization is coherent if problematic in some respects.


Is Cynicism a philosophy in the same way that Epicureanism or Stoicism constitutes willia, philosophy, or is it primarily a cultural stance, a social identity, or a collection of reflective strategies for living? This book is an addition to the Ancient Philosophies series, a collection of introductory studies on major thinkers and movements from Greco-Roman antiquity which seeks to offer “a clear yet rigorous presentation of core ideas” in a compact manner and at a reasonable price.

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Some comments on details in Chapter 2: He makes clear the substantial difficulties of the topic by beginning with the legend of Alexander the Great’s meeting with Williaj of Sinope, the most famous of all Cynics. Books Available for Review.

Oct 27, Bima Putra rated it it was ok. Yet at the same time they seemed very inventive with literary styles and wjlliam play. In most cases, he follows his pattern of choosing those features that find parallels in Cynicism, ignoring obvious differences, and moving on. Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide.

Bion of Borysthenes developed the diatribe, which has been associated with both Cynics and Stoics. Though I did not buy it, being on a student budget, I think it would nicely compliment any philosophical cranny on the bookshelf. Item s unavailable for purchase.

Further, especially given the prospectus, consideration should have been given to the question of whether Cynicism qualifies as a ‘school’ answer: Desmond, well-informed author of the cynicd The Greek Praise of Poverty: Ratings and Reviews 0 0 star ratings 0 reviews.

Desmond sees Petronius’ account of the dinner party of Trimalchio as a contrast to the Cynic position. Which 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.

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Origins of Ancient Cynicism http: More interesting were the implications of Cynics interacting desmonc the world, particularly the political world, and how various Cynic views reverberated down to the present day.


Mathieu rated it it was amazing Jul 13, For example, when discussing the Roman period, the main figures are introduced in the following order: What we have is lots of scattered evidence of how Cynics appeared to their contemporaries and a hodgepodge of sayings, jokes, and stunts attributed to various individuals whose origin is uncertain. In fact, this well-attested ‘dog marriage’ perfectly enacts Diogenic sexology, as long ago demonstrated by RistStoic Philosophy 61 ff.

Some nice insights as to how the ideas and practices of the Cynics related to both their times and ours. Witty repartee seemed highly valued by them. The comparison of the self to an actor is first attributed not to Bion but to Aristippus D. The glossaries, bibliography, index and the wide-ranging and detailed ‘guide to further reading’ are excellent, the last of value to specialists as well as beginners. He argues that the Satyricon is “in many ways a Cynic novel” that possesses “many quasi-Cynic elements” To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Your display name should be at least 2 characters long. Bryn Mawr Classical Review Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus. That work, however, should come at the beginning, because it is also key for understanding all Diogenic Cynicism and of most of its developments and modifications.

Desmond cites a two-stage development of cynicism, found in several scholars: Some considered Antisthenes the first “Cynic” in declaring that poverty was wealth, that labor was good, and that luxury was a curse.

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I don’t know what I expected, but