I Am A Citizen Of The World

Screen Shot 2016-08-01 at 10.49.27 AM.pngDiogenes of Sinope (404-323 BCE) was a Cynic philosopher living after the death of Aristotle. A major proponent of the Cynic movement under Antisthenes, Diogenes became the leading image of the Cynic stereotype. An itinerant missionary to some extent, Diogenes had no home and was loyal to no one.

It is said that upon being asked what city Diogenes was loyal to, he responded with:

“I am a citizen of the world,” or kosmopolites (κοσμοπολιτες). 

In my next post, I will be providing a half-biography-half-philosophical analysis of Diogenes and the Cynic philosophy.

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