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Philosophy as a Way of Life : Ancients and Moderns.

Author: Michael Chase
Publisher: Wiley, 2013.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This unique collection of essays on the late Pierre Hadot's revolutionary approach to studying and practising philosophy traces the links between his work and that of thinkers from Wittgenstein to the French postmodernists. It shows how his secular spiritual exercises expand our horizons, enabling us to be in a fuller, more authentic way.Comprehensive treatment of a neglected theme: philosophy's practical relevance  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Named Person: Pierre Hadot; Pierre Hadot
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Chase
ISBN: 1299710700 9781299710702
OCLC Number: 851696233
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Philosophy as a Way of Life; Contents; Notes on Contributors; Foreword; 1 Introduction; The Life of Pierre Hadot; Memories; The Present Volume; Notes; 2 Ancient Philosophers: A First Statistical Survey; How Can We Identify Ancient Philosophers?; The DPhA as a Sample of Ancient Philosophical Society; Discarding Intruders; What is a Philosopher, After All?; Chronological Interval; How Can Philosophers Be Dated?; A Simplified Mediterranean Map; Some Known Artifacts; Available Parameters; Gender Study; So Many Schools; Leading Schools; Schools in History. Greek Philosophers Saved by Direct TransmissionWhere Did They Come From?; Where Did They Study?; Where Did They Teach?; Teacher and Students; Teaching and Book Writing; Philosophers on Stone; Statues and Portraits; Sidelines; Philosophers and Politics; Conclusions; Notes; 3 Philosophy as a Way of Life: As Textual and More Than Textual Practice; I; II; III; IV; Notes; 4 Charismatic Authority, Spiritual Guidance, and Way of Life in the Pythagorean Tradition; A Promising Field of Research: The Greco-Roman Tradition of "Guidance of the Soul." Particularities of the Pythagorean Tradition: Variety, (Dis)Continuity, Source ProblemsA Constant Factor: The Practice of the Pythagorean Way of Life as a Path Toward Spiritual Perfection; Pythagoras as "Guide in Education" and Beloved Master: The Testimony of Plato's Republic; Ipse Dixit: The Charismatic Authority of Pythagoras and its Basis; In Search of the Master's Authentic Words: The Primitive Catechism Contained in the Acousmata; A Set of Normative Prescriptions Intended to Inculcate a Disciplined Life Conduct56; A "Path Toward Perfection" Aiming at Personal Salvation. The "Communitarian" Dimension: The Pythagorean Sect as Locus for Education and GuidanceToward a Rational Morality: The Avatars of Pythagorean Spiritual Guidance; A Digest of Spiritual Guidance in Verse Networked With Other Guidance Texts: The Pythagorean Golden Verses; Notes; 5 Alcibiades' Love; Notes; 6 Stoics and Bodhisattvas: Spiritual Exercise and Faith in Two Philosophical Traditions; I; II; III; IV; Notes; 7 Philosophy as a Way of Life: Spiritual Exercises from the Buddha to Tagore; Spiritual Exercises and the Aesthetic Analogy; Philosophy and Therapy. Plutarch and the Buddhists: Returning Oneself to the Present MomentA Life Complete at Every Moment; Taming the self; Philosophy and the Ends of Life; Notes; 8 Approaching Islamic Philosophical Texts: Reading Mullā Ṣadrā Šīrāzī (d. 1635) with Pierre Hadot; Notes; 9 Philosophy and Self-improvement: Continuity and Change in Philosophy's Self-conception from the Classical to the Early-modern Era; Introduction: The Path of Modern Philosophy; Philosophy in Antiquity; A Medieval Shift?; Cartesian Continuities; The Scientific Turn; Notes.

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This unique collection of essays on the late Pierre Hadot's revolutionary approach to studying and practising philosophy traces the links between his work and that of thinkers from Wittgenstein to the French postmodernists. It shows how his secular spiritual exercises expand our horizons, enabling us to be in a fuller, more authentic way.Comprehensive treatment of a neglected theme: philosophy's practical relevance in our livesInterdisciplinary analysis reflects the wide influence of Hadot's thoughtExplores the links between Hadot's ideas and those of a we.

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