The Veil of Isis
An Essay on the History of the Idea of Nature
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Veil of Isis by Pierre Hadot
Book DescriptionNearly twenty-five hundred years ago the Greek thinker Heraclitus supposedly uttered the cryptic words 'Phusis kruptesthai philei.' How the aphorism, usually translated as 'Nature loves to hide,' has haunted Western culture ever since is the subject of this engaging study by Pierre Hadot. Taking the allegorical figure of the veiled goddess Isis as a guide, and drawing on the work of both the ancients and later thinkers such as Goethe, Rilke, Wittgenstein, and Heidegger, Hadot traces successive interpretations of Heraclitus' words. Over time, Hadot finds, 'Nature loves to hide' has meant that all that lives tends to die; that Nature wraps herself in myths; and (for Heidegger) that Being unveils as it veils itself. Meanwhile the pronouncement has been used to explain everything from the opacity of the natural world to our modern angst.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780674030497
(210mm x 140mm x 30mm)
Imprint: The Belknap Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 16-Sep-2008
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Pierre Hadot
Inner Citadel, Paperback (November 2001)
The "Meditations" of Marcus Aurelius is regarded as one of the three most important expressions of Stoicism. Pierre Hadot here uncovers levels of meaning and expands the understanding of its underlying philosophy through what he argues are the deceptive clarity and ease of the work's style.
Plotinus or the Simplicity of Vision, Paperback (May 1998)
In this work, Hadot examines Plotinus' views on the self, existence, love, virtue, gentleness and solitude. He shows that Plotinus, like other philosophers of his day, believed that Plato and Aristotle had already articulated the essential truths, and so his purpose was to live philosophically.
Philosophy as a Way of Life, Paperback (June 1995)» View all books by Pierre Hadot
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.
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Author Biography - Pierre Hadot
Pierre Hadot is Professor Emeritus, College de France. His books include Philosophy as a Way of Life and What Is Ancient Philosophy (Harvard).
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