By A. G. Moore

How does a rumor begin? What is the difference between a rumor and an idea? This is something I have to sort out as I attempt to be true to the banner statement of this website.

There is much I hope to discuss as this website develops. I proceed with the intention of being true to the spirit of the man who is portrayed in my banner picture. Diogenes had no patience for casual gossip or popular notions. Credited with being one of the founders of Cynicism, Diogenes has inspired writers and artists for centuries because of his philosophy and his dedication to that philosophy

According to descriptions of Diogenes, it was not easy to live by the principles he espoused. He believed that false judgment – and its stepchildren convention and custom – are at the root of society’s ills. He believed that all people are equal in nature and that to achieve this natural state, society must reject the false idols of comfort and consensus. Diogenes thus lived a solitary life devoid of home and family.

In one will surely find mistakes and lapses in judgment. What one will never find, I hope, is disingenuousness. I will be skeptical. I will bring a cynical lens to information and I will not offer anything on my website that I have not thoroughly researched.

Noplaceforrumors is limited by ability, not by intention. I will edit and add assiduously and I will respond to legitimate feedback with an open and critical mind.

I do not claim to be right, in I only claim to strive for understanding and truth.

For Further Reading

Modern philosophy was influenced directly, or indirectly, by Cynicism.  See:

Friedrich Nietzsche in The Bryn Mawr Classical Review:
Nietzsche and Antiquity. His Reaction and Response to the Classical Tradition. Studies in German Literature, Linguistics, and Culture.

Nietzsche in turn had a profound effect on some of the most significant philosophers of the modern age, including:

Martin Heidegger:
See  The Development of Heidegger’s Nietzsche-Interpretation  by Michael Zimmerman of the University of Colorado at Boulder


Albert Camus:
See  A Note on Nietzsche and Camus  by F.C St. Aubyn of the University of Oregon

Methodological, or Cartesian Skepticism is an approach to knowledge which subjects all belief to rigorous examination. While not originating in Western  philosophy, Methodological Skepticism’s most well-known proponent is probably Rene Descartes.

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