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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Saint John maintained that anticipatory aspects or elements of the true Logos had been dispersed amongst the Greeks.

Hadot was one of the first authors to introduce Ludwig Wittgenstein ‘s thought into France. In this exercise, the students are encouraged to reconsider how small, or ant-like, their lives and actions appear from an enlarged, or cosmic, perspective the famous perspective sub specie eternisso as to combat the erroneous significance our self-interest and passions prompt us soiritual assign to particular episodes.

In doing so, we more fully bring into articulateness the meaning of the presence within us. Jul 23, Adam Lam rated it it was amazing Shelves: McGushin – – International Philosophical Quarterly 45 1: It is this feeling, realized at the end of sustained practice, that is our ultimate response to the fear of death.

Philosophy is not just about education and psychological consummation. Self-help for would-be philosophers.

Hadot tells us in the autobiographical interviews of The Present Alone is Our Happiness that as a young man, he had undergone some kind of mystical experience PAH Each spirjtual must take up, from scratch, the task of learning to read and to re-read these ‘old truths. It can’t decide whether it wants to be a scholarly book on the early history of applied philosophy, or if it wants to be an actionable guide to influential ideas of philosophers, intended to help the reader make the most of their life.


Paperbackpages. Hadot takes seriously the ancient ideal of philosophy as paideia or education in the service spirituzl self-realizationwhich saw the eercises of philosophic perspective over one’s life spiritua, the fullest consummation of the developmental trajectory of the human psyche.

Hadot makes a sharp distinction between habitual perception and philosophic perception, the latter being the perception of the fully realized personality, which can only be uncovered on the other side of sustained practice. At least for a moment, however brief, as long as it is intense.

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The positive side to the exercise is to again engender in students the kind of wonder, serenity, or elevation of spirit, imputed to the perspective of the Sage. Siqueira – – Thought: Christians were in possession of the revealed Logos itself in the incarnate Christ.

It’s also one of the few books I’ve read yet keep finding myself returning to, over the course of a year. So-and-so’s son is dead.

Pierre Hadot

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.

Philosophy’s ultimate subject matter, according to Hadot, consists of such spiritual exercises as: Exercices spirituels et philosophie antiquewritten in translated into English in as Philosophy as a Way of Life [PWL] and Qu’est-ce que la philosophie antique? Its spiritual practices were integrated into, and adapted by, forms of Christian monasticism. It is within ourselves that we can experience the coming-into-being of reality and the presence of being.

Galen recommends that at the beginning of each day individuals badot to call to mind all they have to do in the course of the day ahead, envisaging the ways things may go awry, and recalling the spjritual that should guide them in their actions; Marcus, similarly, enjoins himself to anticipate each day that he will encounter envious, ungrateful, overbearing, treacherous, and selfish men Med.


In this exercise, the students are exhorted to present to their minds, in advance, the possible evils that may befall them in the course of their upcoming endeavors, so as to limit the force of their possible fear, anger, or sadness, should these evils occur. Author Information Matthew Sharpe Email: If you are interested in Stoicism then I would recommend giving this book a read. Healing consists in bringing one’s soul back from the worries of life to the simple joy of existing.

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

Conversations with Jeannie Carlier and Arnold I. 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.

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. Plato, Kierkegaard, and Nietzsche, he shows, can each be best understood as inheritors of ancient spiritual exercises. Just exerfises each instant presupposes the immensity of time, so does our body presuppose the whole universe.

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