Philosophy as a Way of Life : Spiritual Exercises from Socrates to Foucault Paperback
by Pierre Hadot
Edited by Arnold Davidson
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.
Hadota s book demonstrates the extent to which philosophy has been, and still is, above all else a way of seeing and of being in the world.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 320 pages, 2
- Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
- Publication Date: 17/06/1995
- Category: Western philosophy: Ancient, to c 500
- ISBN: 9780631180333
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Review by jwhenderson
Hadot presents philosophy as "spiritual exercises" through essays on Socrates, Marcus Aurelius, and others. He concludes with the title essay that recommends practicing philosophy through 'a way of life'.