Today\’s negative connotations tied to cynicism might be historically inaccurate, new research suggests.
A classics professor seeks to restore the reputation of the ancient school of Greek philosophers known as the Cynics, showing that they actually advocated a short path to a life of happiness.
\»We don\’t have good scholarship on the Cynics,\» University of Cincinnati classicist Susan Prince said in a statement. \»They\’re seen as misanthropes and as sloppy and dirty people who want to cut down the elite. But there\’s a positive strand that needs to be recovered.\»