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Philosophy and the Art of Living: Diogenes the Cynic

This guide is for the students in Dr. Bruce Fraser's Clemente Course in the Humanites.

Course Readings

Lives of Eminent Philosophers by Diogenes Laertius - the full text is available from Tufts University's Perseus Digital Library

About Diogenes the Cynic

Diogenes the Cynic was a Greek philosopher who lived from about 404 B.C. to 323 B.C. He was a slave in his youth. He practiced asceticism, choosing to live without luxuries and begging for his food. Diogenes believed that everything a person needs to be happy can be found within himself/herself ("Diogenes", 2016).


Diogenes. (2016). In Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved from