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Diogenes of Sinope (412/403–324/321 BC)

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-A044-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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Diogenes of Sinope was considered, along with Antisthenes, the founder of Cynicism. His nickname ‘Cynic’, literally ‘doglike’, reflects the highly unconventional lifestyle he lived and advocated. Radically re-evaluating mankind’s relation to both nature and civilization, Diogenes redefined the individual’s freedom and self-sufficiency, advocating a training (askēsis) for achieving both.

Citing this article:
Branham, R. Bracht. Diogenes of Sinope (412/403–324/321 BC), 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-A044-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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