Ancient Philosophy, Classical Education, & Class

“Diogenes [of Sinope is Socrates gone mad.” ~ attributed to Plato

Edith Hall and Ansgar Allen are interviewed by Tom Sutcliffe on BBC’s “Start of the Week”. Edith Hall talks about the value of reading ancient classics in translation. Not only were low-priced translations of Greek and Roman authors historically popular among working class autodidacts, they offered (and still offer) opportunities to explore potentially subversive ideas. Ansgar Allen joins the conversation to clarify the meaning of ancient cynicism, an improvisational and performative kind of philosophy that serves as a counterpoint to systematic, dogmatic philosophy and conventional life; here again, thought and subversion are deeply intertwined.

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