I’m reading a lot of Hellenistic philosophy at the moment, research for a book on the  history of philosophy.  I just found something wonderful I’d forgotten about in Diogenes Laertius’ Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosophers.  In his treatment of Pyrrho — an ancient sceptic, possibly the first, operating around 300 BCE — we learn:

“He used to clean all the furniture of the house without expressing any annoyance. And it is said that he carried his indifference so far that he even washed a pig.”

I know of no contemporary philosopher who would wash a pig if that’s where the argument led him.


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