What is Ancient Philosophy?
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What is Ancient Philosophy? by Pierre Hadot
Book DescriptionA magisterial mappa mundi of the terrain that Pierre Hadot has so productively worked for decades, this ambitious book revises our view of ancient philosophy - and in doing so, proposes that we change the way we see philosophy itself. Hadot takes ancient philosophy out of its customary realm of names, dates, and arid abstractions and plants it squarely in the thick of life. Through a meticulous historical reading, he shows how the various schools, trends, and ideas of ancient Greek and Roman philosophy all tended toward one goal: to provide a means for achieving happiness in this life, by transforming the individual's mode of perceiving and being in the world.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780674013735
(210mm x 140mm x 25mm)
Imprint: The Belknap Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 2-Apr-2004
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Pierre Hadot
Veil of Isis, Paperback (September 2008)
Nearly twenty-five hundred years ago the Greek thinker Heraclitus supposedly uttered the cryptic words 'Phusis kruptesthai philei.' Drawing on the work of ancients and later thinkers such as Goethe, Rilke, Wittgenstein, and Heidegger, this book traces successive interpretations of Heraclitus' words.
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 was Professor Emeritus, College de France. His books include Philosophy as a Way of Life and Plotinus.
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