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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Philosophic exchange at its best seeks to fuel the reader’s pursuit of self-realization by pointing to modes of attunement to aspects of reality previously missed. Characteristically, Hadot stresses that even the later exegetical systematizations, treatises, and dense summaries of doctrine that emerged in later antiquity exerciess related to the exigencies associated with trying to form students who lived in a certain manner.

Eat like a man, drink like a man This book presents a history of spiritual exercises from Socrates to early Christianity, an account of their decline in modern philosophy, and a discussion of the different conceptions of philosophy that have accompanied the trajectory and fate of the theory jadot practice of spiritual exercises.

Hadot takes seriously the ancient ideal of philosophy as paideia or education in the service of self-realizationwhich saw the attainment of philosophic perspective over one’s life as the fullest consummation of the developmental trajectory of the human psyche. Oct 26, Gary Brooks rated it it was amazing. Self-control is fundamentally being attentive to oneself.

This is where the more specifically intellectual exercises, as enumerated by Philo come in: Only the present is our own. The Sage and the World. Etudes de philosophie ancienne. Finally some ancient wisdom.

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This book has a great way of explaining how it was when philosophy was a way of life and will spiirtual you suggestions on how to think for yourself and for the present moment. Who we are is precisely the degree of our distance from this center spiritula our lives, from our ultimate realization as the unique selves that we are, with their incomparable modes of inhabiting and revealing being that they have.


Attention, vigilance, and continuous tension, concentrated upon each and every moment, in order not to miss anything which is contrary to reason. Finally finished this book. No trivia or quizzes yet.

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

Ancient Spirituality and ‘Christian Philosophy. Table of contents Reviews Features Translator’s Note.

The oral bases of ancient philosophical teaching are again reflected in considerations concerning the addressees of these works. That last one could maybe be part of it though, depending fxercises how you approach it. Once brought forth, it hobbles awkwardly and we’d wish to be rid of it again for the sake of functionality, but the best of philosophy is the nagging gadfly that will not grant us lasting peace of mind through self-forgetfulness.

The Adoption of Spiritual Practices in Monasticism Hadot disputes the notion of a simple, radical break between Greek sipritual and Judeo-Christian monotheism. The goal of the ancient philosophies, Hadot argued, was to cultivate a specific, constant attitude toward existence, by way of the rational comprehension of the nature of humanity and its place in the cosmos.

It shows the first fruits of his philological training over the previous decade and his distinct perspective upon ancient philosophical writings.

Hadot, Pierre | Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Hadot often stressed that his conception of philosophy exercisse a way of life, long before this idea became fashionable, emerged out of the scholarly attempt to understand the unusual literary forms of ancient philosophical writing see 2. I highly recommend this book for both general and professional readers. The disagreements between the ancient philosophies concerned the way the happiness of wisdom was to be conceived of and pursued.


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Although Hadot dismisses Buddhism as a source of such practice, I find there to be a great deal of parallel thought between Mahayana Buddhist philosophy and Pyrrhonism. Hadot details the spiritual exercises of Stoicism, Epicureanism, Pythagors and Plotinus; concentrating also on themes in common such as devotion to the present moment, virtue as a exerccises exercise and philosophy as a means of living well.

Hadot made me want to re-read Plato properly, and I thank him for that. I especially want to revisit Epictetus, Lucretius, Plotinus, and read Marcus Aurelius for the first time; in the “future” aka recent past, I want to read Hegel coming soon to a library near you!

Pierre Hadot

Such practice, over time, takes up the dim, scattered material of our experience and intensifies it, gathering it into a unified pattern. 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. Philosophy can only attain this developmental goal if it is more than an abstract, academic exercise, but is grounded instead in the context of a sustained life-practice via spiritual exercises which teach us how to relate the most universal principles which differ slightly in emphasis with each school to the most concrete, intimate details of our lived spuritual.

The ancient texts were dictated to scribes and intended to be read aloud.