Philosophy as a Way of Life: Ancients and Moderns – Essays in Honor of Pierre Hadot 

by Michael Chase (Editor), Stephen R. L. Clark (Editor), Michael McGhee (Editor), 2013

 

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

(Text by editors)

 

Contents

 

Notes on Contributors

Foreword by John H. Spencer

 

CHAPTER 1

Introduction – Michael Chase

CHAPTER 2

Ancient Philosophers: A First Statistical Survey – Richard Goulet

CHAPTER 3

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

CHAPTER 4

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

CHAPTER 5

Alcibiades’ Love – Jan Zwicky

CHAPTER 6

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

CHAPTER 7

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

CHAPTER 8

Approaching Islamic Philosophical Texts: Reading Mullā Sadrā Šīrāzī (d. 1635) with Pierre Hadot – Sajjad H. Rizvi

CHAPTER 9

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

CHAPTER 10

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

CHAPTER 11

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

CHAPTER 12

Philosophy as a Way of Life and Anti‐philosophy – Gwenaëlle Aubry

CHAPTER 13

Philosophy and Gestalt Psychotherapy – Paul O’Grady

CHAPTER 14

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

CHAPTER 15

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

Bibliography

Index

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