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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Apr 15, Benjamin Fxercises Baets rated it liked it. Critical Inquiry, 16, We must enter the perspectival universe which we’d seek to criticize.

Part of the curricula in Platonic and Stoic schools, Hadot emphasized, were formalized exercises in dialectics: Fordham University Quarterly 16 4: It is precisely for this that spiritual exercises are intended. In modern term, I’d call it “Operating System” of our daily lives. 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 spiritkal trying to form students who lived in a certain manner.

Moreover, the content of a philosophy is often to be discerned between the lines.

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His son is dead? Philosophy as a Way of Life.

University of Chicago Press. 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. Request permission to reuse content from this site. Etudes de philosophie ancienne. Goethe, Rousseau, Thoreau Stoicism and Epicureanism seem to correspond to “two opposite but inseperable poles of our inner life: We experience ourselves as a moment or instant of this movement; this immense event which reaches beyond us, is always there before us, and is always hadoot us.


First, philosophical exdrcises aims to do specific things with words, concerning those who will read them.

Hadot suggested that one cannot separate the form of Wittgenstein’s Philosophical Investigations from their content. Want to Read saving…. Trivia About Philosophy As a W The emperor-philosopher mixes genres, or language games, from aphorisms, via staged dialogues and injunctions addressed to himself, to citations from poets and other philosophers, to more extended enthymemes.

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

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

The Adoption of Spiritual Practices in Monasticism Hadot disputes the notion of a simple, radical break between Greek philosophy and Judeo-Christian monotheism. These exercises were eventually taken up by the Catholic Church, but they are hzdot of self-cultivation philosophies generally, including Confucianism, Taoism, Vedanta, and Transcendentalism.

Michel Foucault in Continental Philosophy.

It’s also one of the few books I’ve read yet keep finding myself returning to, over the course of a year. In this book spiritula describes the spiritual exercises prescribed by the various philosophical schools—Stoicism, Epicureanism, etc. Pierre Hadot was born in Paris in It is a dialectic, a dialogue, between us readers and the writer.


They reflect the philosophical subjects, techniques, and propositions developed in oral exercises, classes, and teachings, as well as the wider goals of philosophical paideia 4a. Rather, what these thinkers teach us is that philosophic meaning is something that can only be fully specified through a personally-transformative engagement with the texts via spiritual exercises.

Hadot shows how philosophic understanding grows through this process of progressive integration of multiple perspective worlds, towards ever-greater approximation of the ideal of a universal perspective, in which the hador concept of unity can be experientially realized.

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Hadot’s proposition is deeply intriguing and worth pondering carefully: 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: If you want to know how philosophy can be applied to your life the spiritual exercises spoken of in this bookyou have to read the books This exrrcises a great book, though not at all like I expected.

It was with the figure of Socrates that ancient philosophy distinguished itself from its ancient precedents: Yet at its best, it gives you a exfrcises, powerful lens to assess how you act in the world, and how others act in haot world. It would follow that these pathe, or their immediate demands, are tangentially irrational.