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The lives and opinions of eminent philosophers - Diogenes Laertius - PDF ebook

 The lives and opinions of eminent philosophers

The lives and opinions of eminent philosophers


The lives and opinions of eminent philosophers is presented as a mixture of a short, humorous biography, with many personal habits and behaviours, and a well-elaborated description of their philosophical beliefs and writings. Diogenes Laertius must have collected his information from hundreds of Ancient Greek sources and refers to a great number of quotations. 


Diogenes organized his Lives of the Eminent Philosophers into ten books. The first five cover what he terms the 'Ionian School', which begins with Thales and terminates (in his work) with Chrysippus. The final five cover what he terms the 'Italian School', which begins with Pythagoras and terminates with Epicurus.

Diogenes Laƫrtius was a biographer of the Greek philosophers. Nothing is definitively known about his life, but his surviving Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosophers is a principal source for the history of ancient Greek philosophy

What famous people said about this book:


I am very sorry that we have not a dozen Laertiuses, and also that he was not more expansive or more thoroughly informed. For I am equally eager to know the fortunes and lives of these great teachers of the world, no less carefully than their doctrines and ideas.
—Montaigne, Book II, Essay X: Of Books


Diogenes Laertius, in him, there lives at least the spirit of the ancient philosophers . . . The only critique of a philosophy that is possible and that proves anything, namely trying to see whether one can live in accordance with it, has never been taught at universities; all that has ever been taught is a critique of words by means of other words. 
—Nietzsche, Schopenhauer as Educator


 book details :
  • Author: Diogenes Laertius
  • Translator: Charles Duke Yonge
  • Publication date:1915

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