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Description - The Veil of Isis by Pierre Hadot

Nearly 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 Details

ISBN: 9780674030497
ISBN-10: 0674030494
Format: Paperback
(210mm x 140mm x mm)
Pages: 432
Imprint: The Belknap Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 1-Sep-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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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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