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This book presents a history of spiritual exercises from Socrates to early Hadot’s book demonstrates the extent to which philosophy has been, and still is This. Foucault/Pierre Hadot; edited by Arnold Davidson; translated by. Michael . of Spiritual Exercises is the following: in the case of each of Hadot’s quotations. “Hadot’s essays exhibit impressive scholarship and a habit ofprofound reflection. This is not a book for the casual reader butit is an important publication and.

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Finally some ancient wisdom. According to Hadot, these literary features seem odd only insofar as readers try, erroneously, to spirotual ancient texts with presuppositions shaped by their reading of modern authors.

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When you examine it, then, remove from it everything that is not itself; better still remove all your stains from yourself and examine yourself, and you will have faith in your immortality. Such practice, over time, takes up the dim, scattered material of our experience and intensifies it, gathering it into a unified pattern.

So the dialogue is friendship for knowledge, an attitude of love towards it that demands an engagement that is dialectical. However, in my defence I would say that is exactly the point for I am a philosopher. The larger aim is that the philosopher learns to separate the self or in the Stoics, the ruling principle from spirigual unnecessary attachments to alienable, external goods, so that a sense of joy and gratitude can be experienced independent of whichever situations fate has delivered.

exercizes There is a lot of information in here but not the kind that I was looking for Finally finished this book. It is the first attack on discourse, the critique of sophism.


Philosophy as a Way of Life: Spiritual Exercises from Socrates to Foucault

Michel Foucault in Continental Philosophy. Wouter Sanderse – – Journal of Philosophy of Education 49 3: There is not much historical evidence on the lives of ancient philosophers that their philosophy determined their way of l Despite his own thesis that ancient philosophy “was a mode of existing-in-the-world, which had to be practiced at each instant and the goal of which was to transform the whole of the individual’s life”, Hadot’s book does not provide much information on the ancient philosophers’ mode of existing in-the-world and the relationship between their philosophy and their way of life.

Sign in Create an account. On worry, which tears us in the direction of the future, hides from us the incomparable value of the simple fact of existing: It was a series of lectures about practices in ancient philosophy primarily Stoicism, Epicurianism, and Platonism and how they are focused on living a good life.

An Introduction to Pierre Hadot. This is a good read and it cheers me up. Superlative examination of philosophy’s evolution through practical guide to the good life, scholastic theological foil, to it’s present academic, abstract form.

Similarly, Hadot notes, the Epicurean elaboration of a physical philosophy of atoms, an infinite universe, and a plurality of worlds was pursued and recommended by Epicurus as a means to overcome unnecessary fear of death and interventionist gods. Philosophy as a Way of Life: Ancient Western philosophy was no different from ancient Eastern philosophy in this respect.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. That book opened my eyes to something essential, which is the thesis of this book: They concurred that attaining to such Sophia, or wisdom, was the highest Good for human beings.

Philology and Method Hadot would always insist that his groundbreaking work on ancient philosophy as a way of life arose from his early academic training as a philologist. All the philosophic schools he discusses recognized that the end goal, wisdom, is never reached as a stable, persisting state of being. We are born along with the world.


Rightly pursued, philosophic practice deepens our presence to ourselves, to the world, and to one another. Selected Articles on Hadot Chase, Michael.

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The Moral Behavior of Ethics Professors: However, Hadot maintained that the conception of philosophy as a bios has never completely disappeared from the West, resurfacing in Montaigne, Rousseau, Goethe, Thoreau, Nietzsche, and Schopenhauer, and even in the works of Descartes, Spinoza, Kant, and Heidegger.

It is a progress which causes us to be more fully, and makes us better. He continued to translate, write, give interviews, and publish until shortly before his death in April All ancient philosophical schools agreed that, by contrast, most people live unwise lives most of the time.

Above all, it lies in transcending the ego-centred orientation to life in favour of a more universal spirituaal. Apr 25, Frankie Della Torre rated it it was amazing Shelves: Hadot’s recurring theme is that philosophy in Antiquity was characterized by a series of ecercises exercises intended to transform the perception, and therefore the being, of those who practice it; that philosophy is best pursued in real conversation and not through written texts and lectures; and that philosophy, as it is taught in universities today, is for the most part a distortion of its original, therapeutic impulse.