Your Occasional Stoic: “Beyond Thinking There Is Nothing”

“‘Beyond thinking there is nothing’. The objections to this saying of Monimus the Cynic are obvious. But obvious also is the utility of what he said, if one accept the kernel of what he is saying as truth will warrant it.’

Meditations 2:15



Monimus was a slave, who tricked his master into thinking he was mad so that he could escape and study philosophy. He’s most famous for the saying “all is vanity”.

But like many of the early Greeks, he hinted at ideas that would obsess twentith century philosopher. What, beyond of mind, can we know? Perhaps he’s right, and the answer is nothing.



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