The Market for Philosophers: An Interpretation of Lucian’s Satire on Philosophy
By George Bragues
This article appeared in the Fall 2004 issue of The Independent Review

Lucian of Samosata was a second-century rhetorician and satirist whose economically astute work The Sale of Philosophy skewered the Greek-Roman philosophical scene of his day. As Lucian suggested more than eighteen hundred years ago, the economic approach can help explain why some thinkers and schools of thought are taken more seriously than others.

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