Diogenes of Sinope ( 412 or 404 BC - 323 BC) was a Greek philosopher and one of the founders of Cynic philosophy. Diogenes was a controversial figure. He believed that virtue was better revealed in action than in theory. He used his simple lifestyle and behaviour to criticize the social values and institutions of what he saw as a corrupt or at least confused society. In a highly non-traditional fashion, he had a reputation of sleeping and eating wherever he chose and took to toughening himself against nature. Diogenes made a virtue of poverty. He begged for a living and often 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 “a man” meaning that he was looking for someone who has the qualities that you would expect to find in natural man.
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