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DIOGENES OF SINOPE (CA. 410–CA. 320 B.C.): SELECTED PERFORMANCE PIECES

CERTAIN ANCIENT GREEKS INSISTED THAT philosophy should be an activity coextensive with life—as certain artists in our time have said about art. “Philosophize more often than you breathe” was the advice of one of the ancient exponents of this view. What he meant is that life lived with a certain focus is philosophy, as in our time it has been claimed that life lived with a certain focus is art.

The process of expanding a limited category into a universal frame involves a willingness to manipulate language directly. The semantic boundaries of the category word are broken open and forced, step by step, to the limits of life. Consciousness is violently retextured by the imposition of a new conceptual overlay on its experiences. Some ancient philosophers pursued this goal through enigmatic and challenging public behavior that was specifically designated as philosophy. “Performance philosophy”

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