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Cynic philosophy

Cynic philosophy, ancient Greek school of philosophy characterized by the unconventional way of life of its adherents. Its founder, Antisthenes, a 4th century B.C. follower of Socrates, held ordinary social conventions in contempt and argued that virtue was the only good and that it could be attained only through independent and austere living conditions.

See also: Philosophy.

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