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    Pierre Hadot(Author)

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Pierre Hadot is a significant and wide-ranging historian of ancient philosophy writing today. His work exhibits the combination of historical scholarship and philosophical argumentation that upsets any preconceived distinction between the history of philosophy and philosophy proper. Hadot's most important general philosophical work is entitled "Spiritual Exercises and Ancient Philosophy", which 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 and practice of spiritual exercises.

"Hadot′s essays exhibit impressive scholarship and a habit of profound reflection. This is not a book for the casual reader but it is an important publication and should be a required text for every student of philosophy, classics and the history of ideas, and for any serious teacher of these subjects." The Tablet

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  • PDF | 360 pages
  • Pierre Hadot(Author)
  • Wiley-Blackwell (17 Jun. 1995)
  • English
  • 9
  • Religion & Spirituality

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  • By T. Ritchie on 30 November 2010

    This is a really excellent introduction to what philosophy is all about. Hadot gets to the heart of subject and so creates a challenge, for everyone who reads this book - to either view the subject as an academic exercise in the creation of complex arguments or, alternatively, to use the subject to understand one's self.

  • By Mr. A. J. Thomas on 27 September 2007

    This is the seminal work of the influential historian of philosophy Pierre Hadot, including his inaugural lecture as professor at the collège de France.Hadot has a peculiar philosophical trajectory: he started working on Wittgenstein shortly after the war, and later in life was a crucial influence on the later work of Foucault.These chapters portray for us the distinctive philosophical practises of various key thinkers in the European tradition, from Lucretius to Goethe, Socrates to Foucault. Hadot wants to get us away from the fashionable blank refusal to compare thinkers in radically different epochs by asking the question: what do they do? And his answers yield remarkable results.Frustratingly suggestive, brilliantly erudite, and daringly broad, these pieces will not fail to entertain.Probably the most significant problem, though, is that flagged by Foucault: it may be true that Goethe and his colleagues are the inheritors of the asceticism of late antiquity. But it is also true that ascetic techniques are to be found in the state disciplinary apparatus of their time.Philosophy as a way of life is not an unambiguous project.

  • By Phil on 19 May 2016

    Good book. Thank you

  • By Alan Durrant on 9 January 2015

    Classic for philosophy readers

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