Thomas W. Laqueur | Diogenes and His “Preposterous” Views on the Dead

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Thomas W. Laqueur: Diogenes and His "Preposterous" Views on the Dead || Radcliffe Institute

When his friends asked Diogenes the Cynic what he wanted done with his body after he died, he told them that they should throw it over the wall to be eaten by the beasts and birds. And why not? It was no longer his; he would not notice. In this excerpt, Thomas W. Laqueur explains why Diogenes the Cynic's views on caring for the dead were considered “preposterous” and “derelict.”

Thomas W. Laqueur is a professor of history at the University of California, Berkeley.