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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Me quedo con algunas ideas del libro. It is the first attack on discourse, the critique of sophism. Death emerges as the universal solvent which dissolves everything but the value of personally transformative insight the seed of which is in each moment of life.

Haxot calls the Sage the friend of the gods, and the gods friends of the Sages.

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 spiritua, we were seeing it for the first time: They concurred that attaining to such Sophia, or wisdom, was the highest Good for human beings. Each generation must take up, from scratch, the task of learning to read and to re-read these ‘old truths.

Hadot wants his readers to take a new look at ancient Greek philosophers beyond the teachings of modern day academics, beyond the view of sporitual ancients as a bunch of dry pedagogues and scriveners.

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In modern term, I’d call it “Operating System” of our daily lives.

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

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. Lists with This Book. From the fourth century C. Fordham Spirifual Quarterly 16 4: Their goal is a ind of self-formation, which is to teach us how to live, not in conformity with human prejudices and social conventions – for social life itself is a product of the passions – but in conformity with the nature of man, which is none other than reason.

Pierre Hadot (1922-2010)

Hadot suggested that one cannot separate the form of Wittgenstein’s Philosophical Investigations from their content. I will re-read Euripides tragedies. In different works, Hadot specified these constraints shaping the ancient philosophical texts. Kierkegaard and Hadot spiritua, Transformative Reading. Views Read Edit View history. Fails to move or provoke.

Self-control is fundamentally being attentive to oneself. In other words, happiness is the return to the essential: Finally some ancient wisdom. Not only have I struggled with writing this review, but I have let it get in the way of others reviews.

Philosop Finally finished this book. Apr 25, Frankie Della Torre rated it it was amazing Shelves: But the Platonic conception of this Good, of course, differs markedly from the Peripatetic and Stoic ideals. However, in my defence I would say that is exactly the point for I am a philosopher. Hadot showed us that this is so contrary to the original intent of the philosophy schools.

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Where does it lead to? What if the contemporary nihilism which results form the inability of the best scientific theory to inform life practice is born of an exercisses mode of philosophizing?

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Plotinus, Or the Simplicity of Vision. Qui si cela il cuore pulsante della filosofia, e dal canto mio non posso che confermare e svelare in poche parole tale palese segreto: All ancient philosophical schools agreed that, by contrast, most people live unwise lives most of the time.

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. Spiritual Exercises from Socrates to Foucault.

That is the point, I believe, among others that Pierre Hadot makes in his book. It is my seeing informed and expanded by others’.

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

From my perspective, this last is something of a disappointment for I most closely identify with Pyrrhonism. This inner effort is necessary, this ambition, just. The editing in this volume is lazy, and Hadot is repetitious and his style is sometimes, shall we say, less than riveting.