The Cynics: The Cynic Movement in Antiquity and Its Legacy

The Cynics: The Cynic Movement in Antiquity and Its Legacy

Paperback Hellenistic Culture and Society

Edited by R. Bracht Branham, Edited by Marie-Odile Goulet-Caze

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  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Format: Paperback | 465 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 224mm x 30mm | 662g
  • Publication date: 14 August 2000
  • Publication City/Country: Berkerley
  • ISBN 10: 0520216458
  • ISBN 13: 9780520216457
  • Edition: Annotated
  • Illustrations note: 10 black-and-white photographs
  • Sales rank: 685,127

Product description

This collection of essays--the first of its kind in English--brings together the work of an international group of scholars examining the entire tradition associated with the ancient Cynics. The essays give a history of the movement as well as a state-of-the-art account of the literary, philosophical and cultural significance of Cynicism from antiquity to the present. Arguably the most original and influential branch of the Socratic tradition, Cynicism has become the focus of renewed scholarly interest in recent years, thanks to the work of Sloterdijk, Foucault, and Bakhtin, among others. The contributors to this volume--classicists, comparatists, and philosophers--draw on a variety of methodologies to explore the ethical, social and cultural practices inspired by the Cynics. The volume also includes an introduction, appendices, and an annotated bibliography, making it a valuable resource for a broad audience.

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R. Bracht Branham is Associate Professor of Classics and Comparative Literature at Emory University. Marie-Odile Goulet-Caze is Director of Research at the C.N.R.S., Paris.

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"An indispensable book....a major achievement. "The Cynics" is the new basic tool on Cynicism from its beginning to the present day; everyone working in the field will start here."--"Journal of the History of Philosophy"

Table of contents

CONTRIBUTORS: Margarethe Billerbeck R. Bracht Branham Marie-Odile Goulet-Caze Diskin Clay Miriam Griffin D. J. Kinney Derek Krueger A. A. Long R.P. Martin S. Matton John L. Moles J. I. Porter Heinrich Niehues-Probsting Joel C. Relihan James Romm