What kinds of philosophers choose the name for their school of philosophy from the word for dogs? The cynics, who were basically social-convention flouting performance artists and proto-south park scatalogical/philosophical satirists of their time. Learn plenty about them in a very accessible 22 minutes, filled with charming anecdotes. An ancient philosophy specialist and friend of mine recommended to me the book The Cynics: The Cynic Movement in Antiquity and Its Legacy for more on the Cynics.
One special thing I learned from the podcast, Diogenes once carried a lantern into the marketplace during broad daylight saying he was looking for a human being and insisting he could find none. I infer this must have been the inspiration for Nietzsche’s madman carrying a lantern in the broad daylight seeking God and then claiming God is dead in The Gay Science section 125.
Via Andrew Taggart