From Cynicism to Stoicism: what Diogenes of Sinope preconceived for the Stoics

From Cynicism to Stoicism: what Diogenes of Sinope preconceived for the Stoics

June 20, 2021 13 min read

We analyze how the idea of radical self-sufficiency was lived in practice by the early Cynics and later formalized as a theoretical doctrine for the Stoics via Epictetus.
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Stoicism as a coping mechanism

Stoicism as a coping mechanism

June 03, 2021 5 min read

Vulgar stoicism as a contemporary trend subtly serves the self-exploitative tendencies of modern and especially digital work, while at the same time providing the coping strategy to talk oneself out of this condition.
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Nietzsche and the omnipresent urge for self-optimisation

Nietzsche and the omnipresent urge for self-optimisation

May 16, 2021 4 min read

We placed Nietzsche's ideas of the superman and the "last man" in a line with currently observable self-optimization compulsions.
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The Inkompetenz-kompensations-kompetenz or: what skills does a philosopher have?

The Inkompetenz-kompensations-kompetenz or: what skills does a philosopher have?

April 28, 2021 3 min read

We want to explain here what skills a philosopher actually brings to the table. We try to keep it general, after all we don't want to make any more jokes about burger flippers and cab drivers with diplomas. For this we make use of the German word "Inkompetenzkompensationskompetenz" by Odo Marquard.
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Sartre - Absolute Freedom

What is "Absolute Freedom"?

March 03, 2021 3 min read

We explain briefly and in an understandable way what Sartre means by "radical freedom".
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