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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Philosophy as a Way of Life: Ian James Kidd – – Topoi 35 2: Table of contents Reviews Features Translator’s Note. In other words, happiness is the return to the essential: Secondly, it led him to raise the strictly literary problem concerning the way ancient philosophy was written. 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 for engaging with reality than we normally draw on in our blinkered, habitual, culturally pre-programmed perception of the world.

In modern term, I’d call it “Operating System” of our daily lives. We are born along with the world. All exercsies also agree that man can be delivered from this state, transform himself, and attain a state of perfection.

The Epicurean gods, like the God of Aristotle, Hadot notes, are characterized by their perfect serenity and exemption from all troubles and dangers. Characteristically, Hadot stresses that even the later exegetical systematizations, treatises, and dense summaries of doctrine that emerged in later antiquity were related to the exigencies associated with trying to form students who lived in a certain manner.


That book opened my eyes to something essential, which is the thesis of this book: Hadot often stressed that his conception of philosophy as 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 expected a practical guide, but this was more of a historical overview of the philosophies that talk about living a philosophical life. Hadot was an innovative genius. Only the present is our own.

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Philosophy as a Way of Life. This book changed my life. A call for his readers to approach the Greeks from their standpoint, the standpoint that says that philosophy is about living. It shows the first fruits of his philological training over the previous decade and his distinct perspective upon ancient philosophical writings.

In contrast to this personally-engaged mode of reading philosophy, which supplies content to the conceptual husk of the text via spiritual exercises, we are rather used by habits derived from our Analytic tradition to expect philosophic texts to dish out for us pre-masticated, aseptic and therefore anemic content that we can survey from a remove, without engaging ourselves in any thoroughgoing way in the joint pursuit of insight that was once, in dialectic, the heart of philosophic practice.

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

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The Adoption of Spiritual Practices in Monasticism Hadot disputes the notion of a simple, radical break between Greek philosophy and Judeo-Christian monotheism. In this guise, philosophy seeks to exefcises to the needs of that part of our being that is scarcely nourished by most of our lives in society.


Trivia About Philosophy As a W Usually, they are exercises of defamiliarization which remove the dead weight of superficial familiarity off of experienced things in order to show us the world as if we were seeing it for the first time: It is the first attack on discourse, the critique of sophism.

It is within ourselves that we can experience the coming-into-being of reality and the presence of being. Stanford University Press, Rather, what these thinkers teach us is that philosophic spirirual is something that can only be fully specified through a personally-transformative engagement with the texts via spiritual exercises.

What characterizes Socratic therapy above all is the importance given to living contact between human beings. Not an easy thing to do – but quite rewarding.

It spritual changed my view on ancient philosophy in a fundamental way. The goal lies in practice as it was described in Ancient Greek philosophies.

In every spiritual exercise it is necessary to make oneself change one’s point of view, attitude, set of convictions, therefore to dialogue with oneself, therefore to struggle with oneself.

During this period he also produced two of the first studies about Wittgenstein written in the French-language.