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Philosophy as a Way of Life Ancients and Moderns - Essays in Honor of Pierre Hadot,9781405161619
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Philosophy as a Way of Life Ancients and Moderns - Essays in Honor of Pierre Hadot

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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 lives
  • Interdisciplinary analysis reflects the wide influence of Hadot’s thought
  • Explores the links between Hadot’s ideas and those of a wealth of ancient and modern thinkers, including the French postmodernists
  • Offers a practical ‘third way’ in philosophy beyond the dichotomy of Continental and analytical traditions

Author Biography

Michael Chase is a Researcher at the Jean Pépin Centre of the National Centre of Scientific Research, Paris. A former student of Pierre Hadot himself, he has completed numerous translations of Hadot’s works, and has also published on Late Greek and Latin Neoplatonism, Patristics, and Islamic and Medieval thought.

Stephen R. L. Clark is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the University of Liverpool, UK. His books  include Aristotle’s Man (1975), From Athens to Jerusalem (1984), Civil Peace and Sacred Order (1989), Biology and Christian Ethics (2000), Understanding Faith (2009) and Ancient Mediterranean Philosophy (2013).

Michael McGhee is Honorary Senior Fellow at the Department of Philosophy, University of Liverpool. He is the author of Transformations of Mind: Philosophy as Spiritual Practice (2000), as well as of a number of articles on moral philosophy, aesthetics and the philosophy of religion.

Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors vii

Foreword by John H. Spencer xiii

1 Introduction 1
Michael Chase

2 Ancient Philosophers: A First Statistical Survey 10
Richard Goulet

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3 Philosophy as a Way of Life: As Textual and More Than Textual Practice 40
Richard Shusterman

4 Charismatic Authority, Spiritual Guidance, and Way of Life in the Pythagorean Tradition 57
Constantinos Macris

5 Alcibiades’ Love 84
Jan Zwicky

6 Stoics and Bodhisattvas: Spiritual Exercise and Faith in Two Philosophical Traditions 99
Matthew T. Kapstein

7 Philosophy as a Way of Life: Spiritual Exercises from the Buddha to Tagore 116
Jonardon Ganeri

8 Approaching Islamic Philosophical Texts: Reading Mull¯a S. adr¯a ??S¯??r¯az¯?? (d. 1635) with Pierre Hadot 132
Sajjad H. Rizvi

9 Philosophy and Self-improvement: Continuity and Change in Philosophy’s Self-conception from the Classical to the Early-modern Era 148
John Cottingham

10 Descartes’ Meditations: Practical Metaphysics: The Father of Rationalism in the Tradition of Spiritual Exercises 167
Theodor Kobusch

11 Leading a Philosophical Life in Dark Times: The Case of Leonard Nelson and His Followers 184
Fernando Leal

12 Philosophy as a Way of Life and Anti-philosophy 210
Gwena¨elle Aubry

13 Philosophy and Gestalt Psychotherapy 223
Paul O’Grady

14 Wittgenstein’s Temple: Or How Cool is Philosophy? 241
Michael McGhee

15 Observations on Pierre Hadot’s Conception of Philosophy as a Way of Life 262
Michael Chase

Bibliography 287

Index 311

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