Why Diogenes?

Why ‘Diogenes’ — a larger-than-life figure who lived nearly 2,500 years ago, whose life has been described as “a tissue of legends, an improbable palimpsest of anecdotes and maxims”?1 What inspiration can we take from a man about whom so little is known for certain?


Diogenes is certainly an arresting character. You can read my short essay on him here.

The truth about the name Diogenes Communications is, alas, a little more prosaic.

As a lifelong Sherlock Holmes fan, I regularly return to my well-thumbed copy of Arthur Conan Doyle’s complete works. At the time, I happened to be reading the short story The Greek Interpreter from Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, in which we are first introduced to his brother Mycroft and the singular Diogenes Club.

It seemed as good a name as any!

  1. James Miller, The Philosophical Life