The Diogenes Society is a syndicate of The Leather Library Blog and an online magazine that is devoted to in-depth discussions on themes of general interest drawing from philosophy, science, politics and literature.
Diogenes of Sinope was born in modern-day Turkey in the 412 or 404 BCE. He was a Greek philosopher and one of the founders of Cynic philosophy, and thus he was also known as Diogenes the Cynic. Diogenes of Sinope was a controversial figure. After being exiled, he moved to Athens to debunk cultural conventions. He believed that virtue was better revealed in action than in theory.
The foundation of every state is the education of its youth.
He used his simple lifestyle and behaviour to criticize the social values and institutions of what he saw as a corrupt society. Diogenes made a virtue of poverty. He begged for a living and slept in a large ceramic jar in the marketplace. He became notorious for his philosophical stunts such as carrying a lamp in the daytime, claiming to be looking for an honest man. He embarrassed Plato, disputed his interpretation of Socrates and sabotaged his lectures. Diogenes was also responsible for publicly mocking Alexander the Great.
Those who have virtue always in their mouths, and neglect it in practice, are like a harp, which emits a sound pleasing to others, while itself is insensible of the music.
Here at The Diogenes Society, cynical philosophy and scepticism of world events, politics and science will have its home. We encourage participation in the comment section and if you wish to participate more intimately, please consider submitting an essay to the Editor. Essays are meant to be in-depth commentaries pertinent to the themes described above. There is essentially no length restriction, but it must not exceed 5000 words.
With out thoughts we make the world!
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