Diogenes (412 - 323 BCE)
The archetypical Cynic philosopher.

Taking the cynic precept of living a simple life to its extreme, he lived in a tub on the streets of Athens.

Notes
1. "The teaching of Diogenes was by no means what we now now call cynical — quite the contrary. He had an ardent passion for virtue, in comparison with which he held worldly goods of no account.

He sought virtue and moral freedom in liberation from desire: be indifferent to the goods that fortune has to bestow and you will be emancipated from fear."
(History of Western Philosophy, Russell, p231)

2. On Plato's forms: "I can see a table but I can't see tableness."
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