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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Ancient Spirituality and ‘Christian Philosophy. This was a literary genre in which exdrcises weight was given to arguments from authority, in a way that anticipated the medieval scholastics. Philosophy, Exegesis and Creative Mistakes. History of Philosophy Quarterly, 28 1. So, a key spiritual exercise is to learn to dialogue, to snap out of our natural, self-sealed monologues in order to learn to genuinely attend to the exerccises of others.

Hadot’s proposition is deeply intriguing and worth pondering carefully: The Moral Behavior of Ethics Professors: CooperPursuits of Wisdom: This book will serve more as an exposition of the several schools of philosophical thought that p Hadot’s clear-cut understanding of the Hellenistic schools of philosophy, particularly Stoicism and Epicureanism, is manifestly spirtiual, albeit in thesis form, in this book.

Perhaps the most well-known philosophical spiritual exercise is the Stoic practice of the premeditation of evils. Philosophical authors in the twenty-first century write under very different social, political, institutional, and technological constraints than their ancient antecedents.

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This random element is freedom. In every spiritual exercise “People are not troubled by things, but by their judgments about things. Philosophy as a Way of Life. These exercises were eventually taken up by the Catholic Church, but they are typical of self-cultivation philosophies generally, including Confucianism, Taoism, Vedanta, spiitual Transcendentalism.

Hadot would always insist that his groundbreaking work on ancient philosophy as a way of life arose from his early academic training as a philologist. The book was commissioned as a title in a series of works on the lives, or psychobiographies, of famous authors.

A must read for anyone interested in ancient philosophy and seekers of wisdom.

Pierre Hadot (1922-2010)

This is more than simply reading a bunch of books, or teaching some courses on the topic. Not only have Sppiritual struggled with writing this review, but I have let it get in the way of others reviews. In the words of Rilke, we no longer see “the Open”; we see only the “future.

Shapiro, University of Missouri for Choice. Aug 06, Kang rated it it was ok. Hadot cites as a particularly striking instance the case of Polemo, later head of the Academy, who decided then and there to adopt the Platonic xeercises bios after being dared by friends to listen to a lecture of Xenocrates after a night of drunken debauchery WAP Description 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 and practice of spiritual exercises.


Philosophy is the consciously-regulated process of that self-birthing. Saint John maintained that anticipatory aspects or elements of the true Logos had been dispersed amongst the Greeks.

He cannot be pegged as either a materialist or idealist. The self thus becomes a genuine, fully-living unity only when it strives against its limitations to vividly conceive the unity of the whole.

Author Information Matthew Sharpe Email: Above all, Hadot stresses that throughout antiquity Socrates was the model of the philosopher whose work was, above all, his own life, death, and example: According soiritual Hadot, one became an ancient Platonist, Aristotelian, or Stoic in a manner more comparable to the twenty-first century understanding of eexrcises conversion, rather than the way an undergraduate or graduate student chooses to accept and promote, for example, the theoretical perspectives of Nietzsche, Badiou, Davidson, or Quine.

Inhe published Plotinus: The philosopher can at most prepare himself and his charges for such ultimately passive, or receptive, experiences of unity with the Good compare PSV Would you like to change to the site? She serves the author, Pierre Hadot, well.