Cynic virtues

A page about the virtues considered particularly important by the Cynic philosophers.

This list is based on the writings in The Cynic Philosophers from Diogenes to Julian (Robert Dobbin, editor, Penguin Classics, 2012).

Things that the Cynics seemed not to see as virtues included:

See also

  • Stoicism. The way Epictetus describes Cynics in his Discourses makes it seem like he thought of the Cynics as a sort of monastic order of ultra-Stoics… Stoic saints maybe… practicing Stoicism to an extent unattainable by the laity. Cicero on the other hand rejected Cynicism: “The Cynic philosophy should be rejected outright; it is incompatible with our sense of decency or shame.”