“Want the Shortest Path to the Good Life? Try Cynicism”

“Plato and Antisthenes shared many beliefs in common with all philosophers — rejection of wealth and luxury, and embracing the pursuit of wisdom and virtue. But Antisthenes’ methods set him apart from Plato. Whereas Plato founded his Academy for philosophical teaching and lengthy study, Antisthenes advocated a short but rigorous path toward virtue and happiness.

Antisthenes’ way was short in that he endorsed an abbreviated curriculum when compared to those of other schools of philosophy, which contended that the quick route was a road to nowhere. Antisthenes’ teachings skipped over the technical aspects of logic in order to concentrate on ethical literature, such as reading Homer.”

note difference b/t modern vs ancient Greek cynics.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/10/121022113558.htm

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