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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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Above all, Hadot stresses that throughout antiquity Socrates was the model of the philosopher whose work was, above all, his own life, death, and example: Yet the theme of conversion and persuasion are already present in Spirjtual. L’innamorato exxercises di guardia alla porta dell’amato, passa la notte sotto le stelle.

That last one could maybe be part of it though, depending on how you approach it. The Text as Mirror: Yet for these truths to be understood, these truths must be lived, and constantly re-experienced.

In this exercise, the students are exhorted to present to their minds, in advance, the hadog evils that may befall them in the course of their upcoming endeavors, so as to limit the force of their possible fear, anger, or sadness, should these evils occur.

The editing in this volume is lazy, and Hadot exsrcises repetitious and his style Hadot strikes me as a cross between Foucault and Leo Strauss: Hadot strikes me as a cross between Foucault and Leo Strauss: There is not much historical evidence on the lives of ancient philosophers that their philosophy determined their way of living.


Philology and Method Hadot would always insist that his groundbreaking work on ancient philosophy as a way spirityal life arose from his early academic training as a philologist. Philosophical discourse, for its part, was subordinated within the Christian orbit to the higher wisdom of the Word of God as revealed in the Bible.

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

In addition to the exercises the book includes essays on the methods of philosophy, discussions of Socrates and Marcus Aurelius. In general, ancient culture was one in which writing was still a relatively new phenomenon, set against the wider primacy of the spoken word—as reflected in the famous Platonic criticisms of writing. What characterizes Socratic therapy above all is the importance given to living s;iritual between human beings.

Hadot’s book demonstrates the extent to which philosophy has been, and still is, above all else a way of seeing and of being in the world. Ancient Western philosophy was no different from ancient Eastern philosophy in this respect.

The ancients can show us that friendship, in its truest meaning, is a joint spiritual practice: I used to think that philosophy is just intellectual discourse for the privileged, wholesale.

Paris, Institut d’Etudes augustiniennes, What is the basic difference then between sophism as the art of persuasion and the platonic dialogue? Petrarch and Erasmus differently contested that exercisds could be reduced to the commentary on texts, since this in no way makes the scholar better. The Stoics not only maintained the distinction Hadot generalizes to all ancient philosophy, between philosophy as a way of life and philosophical discourse. The form of dialogue is first a form of friendship.


Hadot, Pierre | Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Across the schools, Socrates himself was agreed to have been perhaps the only living exemplification of such a figure his avowed agnoia notwithstanding. On worry, which tears us in the direction of the future, hides from us the incomparable value of the simple fact of existing: This mode of philosophizing purchases formal rigour at the cost of missing the central content of philosophy, which is self-realization.

All the philosophic schools he describes share one this one crucial exercise in common: Philo-sophia, the love of wisdom, was for living. The philosophical Sage, in all the ancient discourses, is characterized by a constant inner state of happiness or serenity.

Socrates in Ancient Greek and Roman Philosophy.

His thought grows instead from that experiential source that lies beyond all philosophical creeds, and he asks us to grow ours from the same inexhaustible ground.

Hadot’s clear-cut understanding of the Hellenistic schools of philosophy, particularly Stoicism and Epicureanism, is manifestly presented, albeit in thesis form, in this book. Jul 08, Timothy Kestrel rated it it was amazing. He cannot be pegged as either a materialist or idealist.