of Sinope 413-327 B.C.
Greek philosopher, principal member of the Cynics.
He is credited by some with originating the Cynic way of life, but he
himself acknowledged his debt to Antisthenes (c. 445365 BC). He
conveyed the Cynic philosophy by personal example rather than through
any system of thought. He strove to destroy social conventions (including
family life) as a way of returning to a natural life. To
this end he lived as a vagabond pauper, sleeping in public buildings
and begging for food. He also advocated shamelessness (performing harmless
unconventional actions), outspokenness, and training in austerity.
Courtesy of Britannica
Concise Encyclopedia. 2003.