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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Hadot suggested that one cannot separate the form of Wittgenstein’s Philosophical Investigations from their content.

Pierre Hadot (1922-2010)

The form of dialogue is first a form of friendship. Paris, Institut d’Etudes augustiniennes, They concurred that attaining to such Sophia, or wisdom, was the highest Good for human beings. He shows how in the Hellenistic period, as well as in some of the most existentially transformative philosophies beyond of Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, Spinoza, Goethe, and Rousseau, among othersspiritual exercises served to supplement philosophical theorizing by grounding it in existential, experientially-transformative insight.

Finally finished this book. In different works, Hadot specified these constraints shaping the ancient philosophical texts.

Such a timely recollection of the rules of life was facilitated by having these systematizations and summaries available as written hypomnemata WAP For above all, the Greek word Logos was central to Greek philosophy since Heraclitus, but it was also exerclses by Saint John in the opening verses of the fourth gospel, making possible this exercisrs of Christianity as philosophy WAP ; PWL There is not much historical evidence on the lives of ancient philosophers that their philosophy exercsies 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 hafot 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.


Plotinus, Or the Simplicity of Vision. It shows the first fruits of his philological training over the previous decade and his distinct perspective upon ancient philosophical writings. I find this book to be an excellent resource in my on-going study of self-c Pierre Hadot is a historian of philosophy, specializing in the philosophies of Ancient Greece and Rome.

Jul 05, Joe rated it it was exrcises. This mode of philosophizing purchases formal rigour at the cost of missing the central content of philosophy, which is self-realization. I did not enjoy the thesis defending writing style. A truly excellent book – gives a wonderful, historical sweep on the evolution of spiritual exercises from the time of antiquity to the present day.

It would follow that these pathe, or their immediate demands, are tangentially irrational. The Stoics not only maintained the distinction Hadot generalizes to all ancient philosophy, between philosophy as a way of life and philosophical discourse.

According to Hadot, these literary features seem odd only insofar as readers try, erroneously, to read ancient texts with presuppositions shaped by their reading of modern authors. A spiritual exercise he defines as a method of focusing, drawing on, and transforming the total structure of the personality in order to reveal deeper resources wxercises engaging with reality than we normally draw on in our blinkered, habitual, culturally pre-programmed perception of the world.

Philosophy As a Way of Life: Spiritual Exercises from Socrates to Foucault by Pierre Hadot

Hadot insists that while the worldview of modern science, which tends to quantitative, impersonal representations of nature, is nonetheless compatible with exercisee ancient spiritual exercises which reveal the self not merely as isolated individual, but as -part- of a whole. It is precisely for this that spiritual exercises are intended. The Figure of the Sage A further, too-often neglected feature of the ancient conception on philosophy as a way of life, Hadot argues, was a set of discourses aiming to describe the figure of the Sage.


Paperbackpages. Moreover, the content of a philosophy is often to be discerned between the lines. Spiritual Exercises from Socrates to Foucault. Un testo imprescindibile per chi ama e vive la filosofia.

The Moral Behavior of Ethics Professors: I would love to have someone to discuss it with and perhaps help me gain some insights on the bits I couldn’t fully appreciate.

And most importantly I am trying to continue the Quixotic Quest. Philosophy’s ultimate subject matter, according to Hadot, consists of such exercisea exercises as: Only the Present is our Happiness. Hadot doesn’t have much of a creed, and in this lies his greatest honesty. This is not a book for the casual reader but it is an important publication and should be a required text for every student of philosophy, classics and the history of ideas, and for any serious teacher of these subjects.

Paris, Les Belles Lettres, A must read for anyone interested in ancient philosophy and seekers of wisdom. Their goal is spirital theoretical insight for its own sake. An Aristotelian Model of Moral Development. In every spiritual exercise “People are not troubled by things, but by their judgments about things.

I’ve spent eighty years at it, and still can’t say that I’ve reached my goal. The latter is the exercise of method, a participation to the logos that knows no pre-established conclusions.

The means to prepare oneself was through the practice of spiritual exercises such as dietary and other forms of ascesis PSV 82 and regular contemplative practices.