Philosophy As a Way of Life: Spiritual Exercises from Socrates to Foucault

Philosophy As a Way of Life: Spiritual Exercises from Socrates to Foucault

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. Hadot's book demonstrates the extent to which philosophy has been, and still is This book presents a history of spiritual exercises from Socrates to early Christianity, an account of their decline in m...

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Title:Philosophy As a Way of Life: Spiritual Exercises from Socrates to Foucault
Author:Pierre Hadot
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Genres:Philosophy
ISBN:La philosophie comme manière de vivre
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:320 pages pages

Philosophy As a Way of Life: Spiritual Exercises from Socrates to Foucault Reviews

  • Ira
    Jul 17, 2012

    Amazing. This is the book I've been looking for ever since I read the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius 4 years ago. That book opened my eyes to something essential, which is the thesis of this book: ancient philosophy was not the abstract theoretical discourse that philosophy is today, b...

    This incomparable work tasks itself with resurrecting a lost tradition of reading, and therefore of understanding and of doing philosophy, in which the use of spiritual exercises is seen as an integral part of the meaning of philosophic texts, theories, and practices. Hadot's is an eff...

    An exceptional book. Highly recommended. I Blocked. Not only have I struggled with writing this review, but I have let it get in the way of others reviews. Time to get over it so here goes. Point 1. If you want to read an overarching review of this excellent book, read Elena?...

    Hadot's clear-cut understanding of the Hellenistic schools of philosophy, particularly Stoicism and Epicureanism, is manifestly presented, albeit in thesis form, in this book. He points out how philosophy, in its current practice, has become more about abstract theorizing on the manner...

    "People are not troubled by things, but by their judgments about things." - Epictetus Epictetus' three acts or functions of the soul: - judgment - desire - inclination or impulsion Since each of these activities of the soul depend on us, we can discipline them, we can choose ...

    A must read for anyone interested in ancient philosophy and seekers of wisdom. This book has a great way of explaining how it was when philosophy was a way of life and will give you suggestions on how to think for yourself and for the present moment. ...

    L'innamorato monta di guardia alla porta dell'amato, passa la notte sotto le stelle. È un mendicante e un soldato. Ma è anche ricco di invenzioni, mago, abile parlatore, poiché l'amore rende ingegnosi. Scoraggiamento e speranza, bisogno e sazietà, si succedono ininterrottamente con...

    Realmente me ha gustado y no lo he encontrado dificil de leer. Me quedo con algunas ideas del libro. La filosofía antigua como una forma de vida, como podría ser la religión o cualquier otra forma de entender el arte de vivir. La influencia del ejercicio espiritual de estas corrient...

    Hadot strikes me as a cross between Foucault and Leo Strauss: he shares with the Strauss the view that, as the book title suggests, philosophy is not primarily and perhaps not even ultimately concerned with assigning truth values to assertoric propositions. He shares with Foucault a ce...

    Hadot presents philosophy as "spiritual exercises" through essays on Socrates, Marcus Aurelius, and others. In addition to the exercises the book includes essays on the methods of philosophy, discussions of Socrates and Marcus Aurelius. The essay on Marcus Aurelius was enhanced by my c...

    Lucrare esen?ial? pentru iubitorii filosofiei antice. Hadot are un stil clar ?i accesibil chiar ?i pentru profani ca mine. M? bucur c? am descoperit aceast? carte deoarece m? oblig? s? recitesc to?i filosofii pre-cre?tini din noua perspectiv? pe care mi-a indicat-o Hadot. ...

    This is a good read and it cheers me up. The chapter on Socrates is particularly interesting: insights into approaches to teaching and dialogue, as well as the role of Eros as demon. And about incommunicability, language and death. Finally some ancient wisdom. I will re-read Euripides ...

  • Kang
    Aug 06, 2008

    Amazing. This is the book I've been looking for ever since I read the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius 4 years ago. That book opened my eyes to something essential, which is the thesis of this book: ancient philosophy was not the abstract theoretical discourse that philosophy is today, b...

    This incomparable work tasks itself with resurrecting a lost tradition of reading, and therefore of understanding and of doing philosophy, in which the use of spiritual exercises is seen as an integral part of the meaning of philosophic texts, theories, and practices. Hadot's is an eff...

    An exceptional book. Highly recommended. I Blocked. Not only have I struggled with writing this review, but I have let it get in the way of others reviews. Time to get over it so here goes. Point 1. If you want to read an overarching review of this excellent book, read Elena?...

    Hadot's clear-cut understanding of the Hellenistic schools of philosophy, particularly Stoicism and Epicureanism, is manifestly presented, albeit in thesis form, in this book. He points out how philosophy, in its current practice, has become more about abstract theorizing on the manner...

    "People are not troubled by things, but by their judgments about things." - Epictetus Epictetus' three acts or functions of the soul: - judgment - desire - inclination or impulsion Since each of these activities of the soul depend on us, we can discipline them, we can choose ...

    A must read for anyone interested in ancient philosophy and seekers of wisdom. This book has a great way of explaining how it was when philosophy was a way of life and will give you suggestions on how to think for yourself and for the present moment. ...

    L'innamorato monta di guardia alla porta dell'amato, passa la notte sotto le stelle. È un mendicante e un soldato. Ma è anche ricco di invenzioni, mago, abile parlatore, poiché l'amore rende ingegnosi. Scoraggiamento e speranza, bisogno e sazietà, si succedono ininterrottamente con...

    Realmente me ha gustado y no lo he encontrado dificil de leer. Me quedo con algunas ideas del libro. La filosofía antigua como una forma de vida, como podría ser la religión o cualquier otra forma de entender el arte de vivir. La influencia del ejercicio espiritual de estas corrient...

    Hadot strikes me as a cross between Foucault and Leo Strauss: he shares with the Strauss the view that, as the book title suggests, philosophy is not primarily and perhaps not even ultimately concerned with assigning truth values to assertoric propositions. He shares with Foucault a ce...

  • Lyn
    Jul 07, 2007

    Amazing. This is the book I've been looking for ever since I read the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius 4 years ago. That book opened my eyes to something essential, which is the thesis of this book: ancient philosophy was not the abstract theoretical discourse that philosophy is today, b...

    This incomparable work tasks itself with resurrecting a lost tradition of reading, and therefore of understanding and of doing philosophy, in which the use of spiritual exercises is seen as an integral part of the meaning of philosophic texts, theories, and practices. Hadot's is an eff...

    An exceptional book. Highly recommended. I Blocked. Not only have I struggled with writing this review, but I have let it get in the way of others reviews. Time to get over it so here goes. Point 1. If you want to read an overarching review of this excellent book, read Elena?...

    Hadot's clear-cut understanding of the Hellenistic schools of philosophy, particularly Stoicism and Epicureanism, is manifestly presented, albeit in thesis form, in this book. He points out how philosophy, in its current practice, has become more about abstract theorizing on the manner...

    "People are not troubled by things, but by their judgments about things." - Epictetus Epictetus' three acts or functions of the soul: - judgment - desire - inclination or impulsion Since each of these activities of the soul depend on us, we can discipline them, we can choose ...

    A must read for anyone interested in ancient philosophy and seekers of wisdom. This book has a great way of explaining how it was when philosophy was a way of life and will give you suggestions on how to think for yourself and for the present moment. ...

    L'innamorato monta di guardia alla porta dell'amato, passa la notte sotto le stelle. È un mendicante e un soldato. Ma è anche ricco di invenzioni, mago, abile parlatore, poiché l'amore rende ingegnosi. Scoraggiamento e speranza, bisogno e sazietà, si succedono ininterrottamente con...

    Realmente me ha gustado y no lo he encontrado dificil de leer. Me quedo con algunas ideas del libro. La filosofía antigua como una forma de vida, como podría ser la religión o cualquier otra forma de entender el arte de vivir. La influencia del ejercicio espiritual de estas corrient...

    Hadot strikes me as a cross between Foucault and Leo Strauss: he shares with the Strauss the view that, as the book title suggests, philosophy is not primarily and perhaps not even ultimately concerned with assigning truth values to assertoric propositions. He shares with Foucault a ce...

    Hadot presents philosophy as "spiritual exercises" through essays on Socrates, Marcus Aurelius, and others. In addition to the exercises the book includes essays on the methods of philosophy, discussions of Socrates and Marcus Aurelius. The essay on Marcus Aurelius was enhanced by my c...

    Lucrare esen?ial? pentru iubitorii filosofiei antice. Hadot are un stil clar ?i accesibil chiar ?i pentru profani ca mine. M? bucur c? am descoperit aceast? carte deoarece m? oblig? s? recitesc to?i filosofii pre-cre?tini din noua perspectiv? pe care mi-a indicat-o Hadot. ...

    This is a good read and it cheers me up. The chapter on Socrates is particularly interesting: insights into approaches to teaching and dialogue, as well as the role of Eros as demon. And about incommunicability, language and death. Finally some ancient wisdom. I will re-read Euripides ...

    Read much of this book on a one-to-one study group with Dresden; we both enjoyed what we read, although she said that John said that he had heard Hadot was "Foucault light." Hadot is certainly simple, and one can tire of his seemingly endless search for sources and authors that match h...

    What if I was to say that, in the end, your life was nothing but a stain on the pavement? Quite likely you would be offended and retort how I dare to utter such repulsive remark. However, in my defence I would say that is exactly the point for I am a philosopher. I am not here to pleas...

    Despite his own thesis that ancient philosophy "was a mode of existing-in-the-world, which had to be practiced at each instant and the goal of which was to transform the whole of the individual's life", Hadot's book does not provide much information on the ancient philosophers' mode of...

    This is an excellent book. Unfortunately I only understood every third paragraph. Much of the book went over my head, but the third that I did understand made it one of the best books I've read. If you are interested in Stoicism then I would recommend giving this book a read. I w...

    Superlative examination of philosophy's evolution through practical guide to the good life, scholastic theological foil, to it's present academic, abstract form. Hadot details the spiritual exercises of Stoicism, Epicureanism, Pythagors and Plotinus; concentrating also on themes in com...

    A truly excellent book - gives a wonderful, historical sweep on the evolution of spiritual exercises from the time of antiquity to the present day. I would recommend it to the religious and non-religious alike, anyone who is interested in the big questions in life and how we might ...

    Self-help for would-be philosophers. De Botton avant-la-lettre. Rather boring and clichéd. Fails to move or provoke. Reads like the philosophical equivalent of a satisfied Socrates cultivating his garden... ...

    Un libro imprescindibile per chi ama la filosofia nella sua forma più pura, quella antica, greco-romana. Un testo imprescindibile per chi ama e vive la filosofia. ...

    There is a lot of information in here but not the kind that I was looking for... I did not enjoy the thesis defending writing style. ...

  • James
    Jul 27, 2010

    Amazing. This is the book I've been looking for ever since I read the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius 4 years ago. That book opened my eyes to something essential, which is the thesis of this book: ancient philosophy was not the abstract theoretical discourse that philosophy is today, b...

    This incomparable work tasks itself with resurrecting a lost tradition of reading, and therefore of understanding and of doing philosophy, in which the use of spiritual exercises is seen as an integral part of the meaning of philosophic texts, theories, and practices. Hadot's is an eff...

    An exceptional book. Highly recommended. I Blocked. Not only have I struggled with writing this review, but I have let it get in the way of others reviews. Time to get over it so here goes. Point 1. If you want to read an overarching review of this excellent book, read Elena?...

    Hadot's clear-cut understanding of the Hellenistic schools of philosophy, particularly Stoicism and Epicureanism, is manifestly presented, albeit in thesis form, in this book. He points out how philosophy, in its current practice, has become more about abstract theorizing on the manner...

    "People are not troubled by things, but by their judgments about things." - Epictetus Epictetus' three acts or functions of the soul: - judgment - desire - inclination or impulsion Since each of these activities of the soul depend on us, we can discipline them, we can choose ...

    A must read for anyone interested in ancient philosophy and seekers of wisdom. This book has a great way of explaining how it was when philosophy was a way of life and will give you suggestions on how to think for yourself and for the present moment. ...

    L'innamorato monta di guardia alla porta dell'amato, passa la notte sotto le stelle. È un mendicante e un soldato. Ma è anche ricco di invenzioni, mago, abile parlatore, poiché l'amore rende ingegnosi. Scoraggiamento e speranza, bisogno e sazietà, si succedono ininterrottamente con...

    Realmente me ha gustado y no lo he encontrado dificil de leer. Me quedo con algunas ideas del libro. La filosofía antigua como una forma de vida, como podría ser la religión o cualquier otra forma de entender el arte de vivir. La influencia del ejercicio espiritual de estas corrient...

    Hadot strikes me as a cross between Foucault and Leo Strauss: he shares with the Strauss the view that, as the book title suggests, philosophy is not primarily and perhaps not even ultimately concerned with assigning truth values to assertoric propositions. He shares with Foucault a ce...

    Hadot presents philosophy as "spiritual exercises" through essays on Socrates, Marcus Aurelius, and others. In addition to the exercises the book includes essays on the methods of philosophy, discussions of Socrates and Marcus Aurelius. The essay on Marcus Aurelius was enhanced by my c...

  • Tasshin Fogleman
    Oct 20, 2010

    Amazing. This is the book I've been looking for ever since I read the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius 4 years ago. That book opened my eyes to something essential, which is the thesis of this book: ancient philosophy was not the abstract theoretical discourse that philosophy is today, b...

    This incomparable work tasks itself with resurrecting a lost tradition of reading, and therefore of understanding and of doing philosophy, in which the use of spiritual exercises is seen as an integral part of the meaning of philosophic texts, theories, and practices. Hadot's is an eff...

    An exceptional book. Highly recommended. I Blocked. Not only have I struggled with writing this review, but I have let it get in the way of others reviews. Time to get over it so here goes. Point 1. If you want to read an overarching review of this excellent book, read Elena?...

    Hadot's clear-cut understanding of the Hellenistic schools of philosophy, particularly Stoicism and Epicureanism, is manifestly presented, albeit in thesis form, in this book. He points out how philosophy, in its current practice, has become more about abstract theorizing on the manner...

    "People are not troubled by things, but by their judgments about things." - Epictetus Epictetus' three acts or functions of the soul: - judgment - desire - inclination or impulsion Since each of these activities of the soul depend on us, we can discipline them, we can choose ...

    A must read for anyone interested in ancient philosophy and seekers of wisdom. This book has a great way of explaining how it was when philosophy was a way of life and will give you suggestions on how to think for yourself and for the present moment. ...

    L'innamorato monta di guardia alla porta dell'amato, passa la notte sotto le stelle. È un mendicante e un soldato. Ma è anche ricco di invenzioni, mago, abile parlatore, poiché l'amore rende ingegnosi. Scoraggiamento e speranza, bisogno e sazietà, si succedono ininterrottamente con...

    Realmente me ha gustado y no lo he encontrado dificil de leer. Me quedo con algunas ideas del libro. La filosofía antigua como una forma de vida, como podría ser la religión o cualquier otra forma de entender el arte de vivir. La influencia del ejercicio espiritual de estas corrient...

    Hadot strikes me as a cross between Foucault and Leo Strauss: he shares with the Strauss the view that, as the book title suggests, philosophy is not primarily and perhaps not even ultimately concerned with assigning truth values to assertoric propositions. He shares with Foucault a ce...

    Hadot presents philosophy as "spiritual exercises" through essays on Socrates, Marcus Aurelius, and others. In addition to the exercises the book includes essays on the methods of philosophy, discussions of Socrates and Marcus Aurelius. The essay on Marcus Aurelius was enhanced by my c...

    Lucrare esen?ial? pentru iubitorii filosofiei antice. Hadot are un stil clar ?i accesibil chiar ?i pentru profani ca mine. M? bucur c? am descoperit aceast? carte deoarece m? oblig? s? recitesc to?i filosofii pre-cre?tini din noua perspectiv? pe care mi-a indicat-o Hadot. ...

    This is a good read and it cheers me up. The chapter on Socrates is particularly interesting: insights into approaches to teaching and dialogue, as well as the role of Eros as demon. And about incommunicability, language and death. Finally some ancient wisdom. I will re-read Euripides ...

    Read much of this book on a one-to-one study group with Dresden; we both enjoyed what we read, although she said that John said that he had heard Hadot was "Foucault light." Hadot is certainly simple, and one can tire of his seemingly endless search for sources and authors that match h...

  • Ron
    Dec 23, 2010

    Amazing. This is the book I've been looking for ever since I read the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius 4 years ago. That book opened my eyes to something essential, which is the thesis of this book: ancient philosophy was not the abstract theoretical discourse that philosophy is today, b...

  • Marius
    Sep 30, 2015

    Amazing. This is the book I've been looking for ever since I read the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius 4 years ago. That book opened my eyes to something essential, which is the thesis of this book: ancient philosophy was not the abstract theoretical discourse that philosophy is today, b...

    This incomparable work tasks itself with resurrecting a lost tradition of reading, and therefore of understanding and of doing philosophy, in which the use of spiritual exercises is seen as an integral part of the meaning of philosophic texts, theories, and practices. Hadot's is an eff...

    An exceptional book. Highly recommended. I Blocked. Not only have I struggled with writing this review, but I have let it get in the way of others reviews. Time to get over it so here goes. Point 1. If you want to read an overarching review of this excellent book, read Elena?...

    Hadot's clear-cut understanding of the Hellenistic schools of philosophy, particularly Stoicism and Epicureanism, is manifestly presented, albeit in thesis form, in this book. He points out how philosophy, in its current practice, has become more about abstract theorizing on the manner...

    "People are not troubled by things, but by their judgments about things." - Epictetus Epictetus' three acts or functions of the soul: - judgment - desire - inclination or impulsion Since each of these activities of the soul depend on us, we can discipline them, we can choose ...

    A must read for anyone interested in ancient philosophy and seekers of wisdom. This book has a great way of explaining how it was when philosophy was a way of life and will give you suggestions on how to think for yourself and for the present moment. ...

    L'innamorato monta di guardia alla porta dell'amato, passa la notte sotto le stelle. È un mendicante e un soldato. Ma è anche ricco di invenzioni, mago, abile parlatore, poiché l'amore rende ingegnosi. Scoraggiamento e speranza, bisogno e sazietà, si succedono ininterrottamente con...

    Realmente me ha gustado y no lo he encontrado dificil de leer. Me quedo con algunas ideas del libro. La filosofía antigua como una forma de vida, como podría ser la religión o cualquier otra forma de entender el arte de vivir. La influencia del ejercicio espiritual de estas corrient...

    Hadot strikes me as a cross between Foucault and Leo Strauss: he shares with the Strauss the view that, as the book title suggests, philosophy is not primarily and perhaps not even ultimately concerned with assigning truth values to assertoric propositions. He shares with Foucault a ce...

    Hadot presents philosophy as "spiritual exercises" through essays on Socrates, Marcus Aurelius, and others. In addition to the exercises the book includes essays on the methods of philosophy, discussions of Socrates and Marcus Aurelius. The essay on Marcus Aurelius was enhanced by my c...

    Lucrare esen?ial? pentru iubitorii filosofiei antice. Hadot are un stil clar ?i accesibil chiar ?i pentru profani ca mine. M? bucur c? am descoperit aceast? carte deoarece m? oblig? s? recitesc to?i filosofii pre-cre?tini din noua perspectiv? pe care mi-a indicat-o Hadot. ...

  • Özgürel
    Nov 02, 2013

    Amazing. This is the book I've been looking for ever since I read the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius 4 years ago. That book opened my eyes to something essential, which is the thesis of this book: ancient philosophy was not the abstract theoretical discourse that philosophy is today, b...

    This incomparable work tasks itself with resurrecting a lost tradition of reading, and therefore of understanding and of doing philosophy, in which the use of spiritual exercises is seen as an integral part of the meaning of philosophic texts, theories, and practices. Hadot's is an eff...

    An exceptional book. Highly recommended. I Blocked. Not only have I struggled with writing this review, but I have let it get in the way of others reviews. Time to get over it so here goes. Point 1. If you want to read an overarching review of this excellent book, read Elena?...

    Hadot's clear-cut understanding of the Hellenistic schools of philosophy, particularly Stoicism and Epicureanism, is manifestly presented, albeit in thesis form, in this book. He points out how philosophy, in its current practice, has become more about abstract theorizing on the manner...

    "People are not troubled by things, but by their judgments about things." - Epictetus Epictetus' three acts or functions of the soul: - judgment - desire - inclination or impulsion Since each of these activities of the soul depend on us, we can discipline them, we can choose ...

    A must read for anyone interested in ancient philosophy and seekers of wisdom. This book has a great way of explaining how it was when philosophy was a way of life and will give you suggestions on how to think for yourself and for the present moment. ...

    L'innamorato monta di guardia alla porta dell'amato, passa la notte sotto le stelle. È un mendicante e un soldato. Ma è anche ricco di invenzioni, mago, abile parlatore, poiché l'amore rende ingegnosi. Scoraggiamento e speranza, bisogno e sazietà, si succedono ininterrottamente con...

    Realmente me ha gustado y no lo he encontrado dificil de leer. Me quedo con algunas ideas del libro. La filosofía antigua como una forma de vida, como podría ser la religión o cualquier otra forma de entender el arte de vivir. La influencia del ejercicio espiritual de estas corrient...

    Hadot strikes me as a cross between Foucault and Leo Strauss: he shares with the Strauss the view that, as the book title suggests, philosophy is not primarily and perhaps not even ultimately concerned with assigning truth values to assertoric propositions. He shares with Foucault a ce...

    Hadot presents philosophy as "spiritual exercises" through essays on Socrates, Marcus Aurelius, and others. In addition to the exercises the book includes essays on the methods of philosophy, discussions of Socrates and Marcus Aurelius. The essay on Marcus Aurelius was enhanced by my c...

    Lucrare esen?ial? pentru iubitorii filosofiei antice. Hadot are un stil clar ?i accesibil chiar ?i pentru profani ca mine. M? bucur c? am descoperit aceast? carte deoarece m? oblig? s? recitesc to?i filosofii pre-cre?tini din noua perspectiv? pe care mi-a indicat-o Hadot. ...

    This is a good read and it cheers me up. The chapter on Socrates is particularly interesting: insights into approaches to teaching and dialogue, as well as the role of Eros as demon. And about incommunicability, language and death. Finally some ancient wisdom. I will re-read Euripides ...

    Read much of this book on a one-to-one study group with Dresden; we both enjoyed what we read, although she said that John said that he had heard Hadot was "Foucault light." Hadot is certainly simple, and one can tire of his seemingly endless search for sources and authors that match h...

    What if I was to say that, in the end, your life was nothing but a stain on the pavement? Quite likely you would be offended and retort how I dare to utter such repulsive remark. However, in my defence I would say that is exactly the point for I am a philosopher. I am not here to pleas...

    Despite his own thesis that ancient philosophy "was a mode of existing-in-the-world, which had to be practiced at each instant and the goal of which was to transform the whole of the individual's life", Hadot's book does not provide much information on the ancient philosophers' mode of...

  • Olivier Goetgeluck
    Nov 19, 2013

    Amazing. This is the book I've been looking for ever since I read the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius 4 years ago. That book opened my eyes to something essential, which is the thesis of this book: ancient philosophy was not the abstract theoretical discourse that philosophy is today, b...

    This incomparable work tasks itself with resurrecting a lost tradition of reading, and therefore of understanding and of doing philosophy, in which the use of spiritual exercises is seen as an integral part of the meaning of philosophic texts, theories, and practices. Hadot's is an eff...

    An exceptional book. Highly recommended. I Blocked. Not only have I struggled with writing this review, but I have let it get in the way of others reviews. Time to get over it so here goes. Point 1. If you want to read an overarching review of this excellent book, read Elena?...

    Hadot's clear-cut understanding of the Hellenistic schools of philosophy, particularly Stoicism and Epicureanism, is manifestly presented, albeit in thesis form, in this book. He points out how philosophy, in its current practice, has become more about abstract theorizing on the manner...

    "People are not troubled by things, but by their judgments about things." - Epictetus Epictetus' three acts or functions of the soul: - judgment - desire - inclination or impulsion Since each of these activities of the soul depend on us, we can discipline them, we can choose ...

  • Yashvir Dalaya
    Nov 08, 2012

    Amazing. This is the book I've been looking for ever since I read the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius 4 years ago. That book opened my eyes to something essential, which is the thesis of this book: ancient philosophy was not the abstract theoretical discourse that philosophy is today, b...

    This incomparable work tasks itself with resurrecting a lost tradition of reading, and therefore of understanding and of doing philosophy, in which the use of spiritual exercises is seen as an integral part of the meaning of philosophic texts, theories, and practices. Hadot's is an eff...

    An exceptional book. Highly recommended. I Blocked. Not only have I struggled with writing this review, but I have let it get in the way of others reviews. Time to get over it so here goes. Point 1. If you want to read an overarching review of this excellent book, read Elena?...

    Hadot's clear-cut understanding of the Hellenistic schools of philosophy, particularly Stoicism and Epicureanism, is manifestly presented, albeit in thesis form, in this book. He points out how philosophy, in its current practice, has become more about abstract theorizing on the manner...

  • Mary-Jean Harris
    Nov 26, 2018

    Amazing. This is the book I've been looking for ever since I read the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius 4 years ago. That book opened my eyes to something essential, which is the thesis of this book: ancient philosophy was not the abstract theoretical discourse that philosophy is today, b...

    This incomparable work tasks itself with resurrecting a lost tradition of reading, and therefore of understanding and of doing philosophy, in which the use of spiritual exercises is seen as an integral part of the meaning of philosophic texts, theories, and practices. Hadot's is an eff...

    An exceptional book. Highly recommended. I Blocked. Not only have I struggled with writing this review, but I have let it get in the way of others reviews. Time to get over it so here goes. Point 1. If you want to read an overarching review of this excellent book, read Elena?...

    Hadot's clear-cut understanding of the Hellenistic schools of philosophy, particularly Stoicism and Epicureanism, is manifestly presented, albeit in thesis form, in this book. He points out how philosophy, in its current practice, has become more about abstract theorizing on the manner...

    "People are not troubled by things, but by their judgments about things." - Epictetus Epictetus' three acts or functions of the soul: - judgment - desire - inclination or impulsion Since each of these activities of the soul depend on us, we can discipline them, we can choose ...

    A must read for anyone interested in ancient philosophy and seekers of wisdom. This book has a great way of explaining how it was when philosophy was a way of life and will give you suggestions on how to think for yourself and for the present moment. ...

    L'innamorato monta di guardia alla porta dell'amato, passa la notte sotto le stelle. È un mendicante e un soldato. Ma è anche ricco di invenzioni, mago, abile parlatore, poiché l'amore rende ingegnosi. Scoraggiamento e speranza, bisogno e sazietà, si succedono ininterrottamente con...

    Realmente me ha gustado y no lo he encontrado dificil de leer. Me quedo con algunas ideas del libro. La filosofía antigua como una forma de vida, como podría ser la religión o cualquier otra forma de entender el arte de vivir. La influencia del ejercicio espiritual de estas corrient...

    Hadot strikes me as a cross between Foucault and Leo Strauss: he shares with the Strauss the view that, as the book title suggests, philosophy is not primarily and perhaps not even ultimately concerned with assigning truth values to assertoric propositions. He shares with Foucault a ce...

    Hadot presents philosophy as "spiritual exercises" through essays on Socrates, Marcus Aurelius, and others. In addition to the exercises the book includes essays on the methods of philosophy, discussions of Socrates and Marcus Aurelius. The essay on Marcus Aurelius was enhanced by my c...

    Lucrare esen?ial? pentru iubitorii filosofiei antice. Hadot are un stil clar ?i accesibil chiar ?i pentru profani ca mine. M? bucur c? am descoperit aceast? carte deoarece m? oblig? s? recitesc to?i filosofii pre-cre?tini din noua perspectiv? pe care mi-a indicat-o Hadot. ...

    This is a good read and it cheers me up. The chapter on Socrates is particularly interesting: insights into approaches to teaching and dialogue, as well as the role of Eros as demon. And about incommunicability, language and death. Finally some ancient wisdom. I will re-read Euripides ...

    Read much of this book on a one-to-one study group with Dresden; we both enjoyed what we read, although she said that John said that he had heard Hadot was "Foucault light." Hadot is certainly simple, and one can tire of his seemingly endless search for sources and authors that match h...

    What if I was to say that, in the end, your life was nothing but a stain on the pavement? Quite likely you would be offended and retort how I dare to utter such repulsive remark. However, in my defence I would say that is exactly the point for I am a philosopher. I am not here to pleas...

    Despite his own thesis that ancient philosophy "was a mode of existing-in-the-world, which had to be practiced at each instant and the goal of which was to transform the whole of the individual's life", Hadot's book does not provide much information on the ancient philosophers' mode of...

    This is an excellent book. Unfortunately I only understood every third paragraph. Much of the book went over my head, but the third that I did understand made it one of the best books I've read. If you are interested in Stoicism then I would recommend giving this book a read. I w...

    Superlative examination of philosophy's evolution through practical guide to the good life, scholastic theological foil, to it's present academic, abstract form. Hadot details the spiritual exercises of Stoicism, Epicureanism, Pythagors and Plotinus; concentrating also on themes in com...

    A truly excellent book - gives a wonderful, historical sweep on the evolution of spiritual exercises from the time of antiquity to the present day. I would recommend it to the religious and non-religious alike, anyone who is interested in the big questions in life and how we might ...

    Self-help for would-be philosophers. De Botton avant-la-lettre. Rather boring and clichéd. Fails to move or provoke. Reads like the philosophical equivalent of a satisfied Socrates cultivating his garden... ...

    Un libro imprescindibile per chi ama la filosofia nella sua forma più pura, quella antica, greco-romana. Un testo imprescindibile per chi ama e vive la filosofia. ...

    There is a lot of information in here but not the kind that I was looking for... I did not enjoy the thesis defending writing style. ...

    This book changed my life. ...

    BEAUTIFUL book on philosophy. ...

    It's a faulty text for sure. It can't decide whether it wants to be a scholarly book on the early history of applied philosophy, or if it wants to be an actionable guide to influential ideas of philosophers, intended to help the reader make the most of their life. Yet at its best, i...

    Raffinata lode, divisa in ridondanti ma mai noiosi brevi saggi, della trasformazione che l?esercizio della filosofia può causare in chi costantemente vi si applica. Un profluvio di citazioni e rimandi diretti ai testi fa? immergere il lettore in quella straordinaria fonte di sagge...

    «La religione greca finisce col suo vero dio: il saggio». Chi per passione o per istintiva attrazione si è trovato (piacevolmente) costretto a studiare la filosofia (antica ma anche d'ogni d'epoca) qualora avesse l'occasione d'incontrare questa dotta raccolta di saggi sul pensiero ...

    This was a great book, though not at all like I expected. It was a series of lectures about practices in ancient philosophy (primarily Stoicism, Epicurianism, and Platonism) and how they are focused on living a good life. I expected a practical guide, but this was more of a historical ...

  • Timothy Kestrel
    Jul 08, 2013

    Amazing. This is the book I've been looking for ever since I read the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius 4 years ago. That book opened my eyes to something essential, which is the thesis of this book: ancient philosophy was not the abstract theoretical discourse that philosophy is today, b...

    This incomparable work tasks itself with resurrecting a lost tradition of reading, and therefore of understanding and of doing philosophy, in which the use of spiritual exercises is seen as an integral part of the meaning of philosophic texts, theories, and practices. Hadot's is an eff...

    An exceptional book. Highly recommended. I Blocked. Not only have I struggled with writing this review, but I have let it get in the way of others reviews. Time to get over it so here goes. Point 1. If you want to read an overarching review of this excellent book, read Elena?...

    Hadot's clear-cut understanding of the Hellenistic schools of philosophy, particularly Stoicism and Epicureanism, is manifestly presented, albeit in thesis form, in this book. He points out how philosophy, in its current practice, has become more about abstract theorizing on the manner...

    "People are not troubled by things, but by their judgments about things." - Epictetus Epictetus' three acts or functions of the soul: - judgment - desire - inclination or impulsion Since each of these activities of the soul depend on us, we can discipline them, we can choose ...

    A must read for anyone interested in ancient philosophy and seekers of wisdom. This book has a great way of explaining how it was when philosophy was a way of life and will give you suggestions on how to think for yourself and for the present moment. ...

    L'innamorato monta di guardia alla porta dell'amato, passa la notte sotto le stelle. È un mendicante e un soldato. Ma è anche ricco di invenzioni, mago, abile parlatore, poiché l'amore rende ingegnosi. Scoraggiamento e speranza, bisogno e sazietà, si succedono ininterrottamente con...

    Realmente me ha gustado y no lo he encontrado dificil de leer. Me quedo con algunas ideas del libro. La filosofía antigua como una forma de vida, como podría ser la religión o cualquier otra forma de entender el arte de vivir. La influencia del ejercicio espiritual de estas corrient...

    Hadot strikes me as a cross between Foucault and Leo Strauss: he shares with the Strauss the view that, as the book title suggests, philosophy is not primarily and perhaps not even ultimately concerned with assigning truth values to assertoric propositions. He shares with Foucault a ce...

    Hadot presents philosophy as "spiritual exercises" through essays on Socrates, Marcus Aurelius, and others. In addition to the exercises the book includes essays on the methods of philosophy, discussions of Socrates and Marcus Aurelius. The essay on Marcus Aurelius was enhanced by my c...

    Lucrare esen?ial? pentru iubitorii filosofiei antice. Hadot are un stil clar ?i accesibil chiar ?i pentru profani ca mine. M? bucur c? am descoperit aceast? carte deoarece m? oblig? s? recitesc to?i filosofii pre-cre?tini din noua perspectiv? pe care mi-a indicat-o Hadot. ...

    This is a good read and it cheers me up. The chapter on Socrates is particularly interesting: insights into approaches to teaching and dialogue, as well as the role of Eros as demon. And about incommunicability, language and death. Finally some ancient wisdom. I will re-read Euripides ...

    Read much of this book on a one-to-one study group with Dresden; we both enjoyed what we read, although she said that John said that he had heard Hadot was "Foucault light." Hadot is certainly simple, and one can tire of his seemingly endless search for sources and authors that match h...

    What if I was to say that, in the end, your life was nothing but a stain on the pavement? Quite likely you would be offended and retort how I dare to utter such repulsive remark. However, in my defence I would say that is exactly the point for I am a philosopher. I am not here to pleas...

  • Fabio Fraccaroli
    May 14, 2018

    Amazing. This is the book I've been looking for ever since I read the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius 4 years ago. That book opened my eyes to something essential, which is the thesis of this book: ancient philosophy was not the abstract theoretical discourse that philosophy is today, b...

    This incomparable work tasks itself with resurrecting a lost tradition of reading, and therefore of understanding and of doing philosophy, in which the use of spiritual exercises is seen as an integral part of the meaning of philosophic texts, theories, and practices. Hadot's is an eff...

    An exceptional book. Highly recommended. I Blocked. Not only have I struggled with writing this review, but I have let it get in the way of others reviews. Time to get over it so here goes. Point 1. If you want to read an overarching review of this excellent book, read Elena?...

    Hadot's clear-cut understanding of the Hellenistic schools of philosophy, particularly Stoicism and Epicureanism, is manifestly presented, albeit in thesis form, in this book. He points out how philosophy, in its current practice, has become more about abstract theorizing on the manner...

    "People are not troubled by things, but by their judgments about things." - Epictetus Epictetus' three acts or functions of the soul: - judgment - desire - inclination or impulsion Since each of these activities of the soul depend on us, we can discipline them, we can choose ...

    A must read for anyone interested in ancient philosophy and seekers of wisdom. This book has a great way of explaining how it was when philosophy was a way of life and will give you suggestions on how to think for yourself and for the present moment. ...

    L'innamorato monta di guardia alla porta dell'amato, passa la notte sotto le stelle. È un mendicante e un soldato. Ma è anche ricco di invenzioni, mago, abile parlatore, poiché l'amore rende ingegnosi. Scoraggiamento e speranza, bisogno e sazietà, si succedono ininterrottamente con...

    Realmente me ha gustado y no lo he encontrado dificil de leer. Me quedo con algunas ideas del libro. La filosofía antigua como una forma de vida, como podría ser la religión o cualquier otra forma de entender el arte de vivir. La influencia del ejercicio espiritual de estas corrient...

    Hadot strikes me as a cross between Foucault and Leo Strauss: he shares with the Strauss the view that, as the book title suggests, philosophy is not primarily and perhaps not even ultimately concerned with assigning truth values to assertoric propositions. He shares with Foucault a ce...

    Hadot presents philosophy as "spiritual exercises" through essays on Socrates, Marcus Aurelius, and others. In addition to the exercises the book includes essays on the methods of philosophy, discussions of Socrates and Marcus Aurelius. The essay on Marcus Aurelius was enhanced by my c...

    Lucrare esen?ial? pentru iubitorii filosofiei antice. Hadot are un stil clar ?i accesibil chiar ?i pentru profani ca mine. M? bucur c? am descoperit aceast? carte deoarece m? oblig? s? recitesc to?i filosofii pre-cre?tini din noua perspectiv? pe care mi-a indicat-o Hadot. ...

    This is a good read and it cheers me up. The chapter on Socrates is particularly interesting: insights into approaches to teaching and dialogue, as well as the role of Eros as demon. And about incommunicability, language and death. Finally some ancient wisdom. I will re-read Euripides ...

    Read much of this book on a one-to-one study group with Dresden; we both enjoyed what we read, although she said that John said that he had heard Hadot was "Foucault light." Hadot is certainly simple, and one can tire of his seemingly endless search for sources and authors that match h...

    What if I was to say that, in the end, your life was nothing but a stain on the pavement? Quite likely you would be offended and retort how I dare to utter such repulsive remark. However, in my defence I would say that is exactly the point for I am a philosopher. I am not here to pleas...

    Despite his own thesis that ancient philosophy "was a mode of existing-in-the-world, which had to be practiced at each instant and the goal of which was to transform the whole of the individual's life", Hadot's book does not provide much information on the ancient philosophers' mode of...

    This is an excellent book. Unfortunately I only understood every third paragraph. Much of the book went over my head, but the third that I did understand made it one of the best books I've read. If you are interested in Stoicism then I would recommend giving this book a read. I w...

    Superlative examination of philosophy's evolution through practical guide to the good life, scholastic theological foil, to it's present academic, abstract form. Hadot details the spiritual exercises of Stoicism, Epicureanism, Pythagors and Plotinus; concentrating also on themes in com...

    A truly excellent book - gives a wonderful, historical sweep on the evolution of spiritual exercises from the time of antiquity to the present day. I would recommend it to the religious and non-religious alike, anyone who is interested in the big questions in life and how we might ...

    Self-help for would-be philosophers. De Botton avant-la-lettre. Rather boring and clichéd. Fails to move or provoke. Reads like the philosophical equivalent of a satisfied Socrates cultivating his garden... ...

    Un libro imprescindibile per chi ama la filosofia nella sua forma più pura, quella antica, greco-romana. Un testo imprescindibile per chi ama e vive la filosofia. ...

    There is a lot of information in here but not the kind that I was looking for... I did not enjoy the thesis defending writing style. ...

    This book changed my life. ...

    BEAUTIFUL book on philosophy. ...

    It's a faulty text for sure. It can't decide whether it wants to be a scholarly book on the early history of applied philosophy, or if it wants to be an actionable guide to influential ideas of philosophers, intended to help the reader make the most of their life. Yet at its best, i...

    Raffinata lode, divisa in ridondanti ma mai noiosi brevi saggi, della trasformazione che l?esercizio della filosofia può causare in chi costantemente vi si applica. Un profluvio di citazioni e rimandi diretti ai testi fa? immergere il lettore in quella straordinaria fonte di sagge...

    «La religione greca finisce col suo vero dio: il saggio». Chi per passione o per istintiva attrazione si è trovato (piacevolmente) costretto a studiare la filosofia (antica ma anche d'ogni d'epoca) qualora avesse l'occasione d'incontrare questa dotta raccolta di saggi sul pensiero ...

  • Benjamin
    Apr 15, 2013

    Amazing. This is the book I've been looking for ever since I read the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius 4 years ago. That book opened my eyes to something essential, which is the thesis of this book: ancient philosophy was not the abstract theoretical discourse that philosophy is today, b...

    This incomparable work tasks itself with resurrecting a lost tradition of reading, and therefore of understanding and of doing philosophy, in which the use of spiritual exercises is seen as an integral part of the meaning of philosophic texts, theories, and practices. Hadot's is an eff...

    An exceptional book. Highly recommended. I Blocked. Not only have I struggled with writing this review, but I have let it get in the way of others reviews. Time to get over it so here goes. Point 1. If you want to read an overarching review of this excellent book, read Elena?...

    Hadot's clear-cut understanding of the Hellenistic schools of philosophy, particularly Stoicism and Epicureanism, is manifestly presented, albeit in thesis form, in this book. He points out how philosophy, in its current practice, has become more about abstract theorizing on the manner...

    "People are not troubled by things, but by their judgments about things." - Epictetus Epictetus' three acts or functions of the soul: - judgment - desire - inclination or impulsion Since each of these activities of the soul depend on us, we can discipline them, we can choose ...

    A must read for anyone interested in ancient philosophy and seekers of wisdom. This book has a great way of explaining how it was when philosophy was a way of life and will give you suggestions on how to think for yourself and for the present moment. ...

    L'innamorato monta di guardia alla porta dell'amato, passa la notte sotto le stelle. È un mendicante e un soldato. Ma è anche ricco di invenzioni, mago, abile parlatore, poiché l'amore rende ingegnosi. Scoraggiamento e speranza, bisogno e sazietà, si succedono ininterrottamente con...

    Realmente me ha gustado y no lo he encontrado dificil de leer. Me quedo con algunas ideas del libro. La filosofía antigua como una forma de vida, como podría ser la religión o cualquier otra forma de entender el arte de vivir. La influencia del ejercicio espiritual de estas corrient...

    Hadot strikes me as a cross between Foucault and Leo Strauss: he shares with the Strauss the view that, as the book title suggests, philosophy is not primarily and perhaps not even ultimately concerned with assigning truth values to assertoric propositions. He shares with Foucault a ce...

    Hadot presents philosophy as "spiritual exercises" through essays on Socrates, Marcus Aurelius, and others. In addition to the exercises the book includes essays on the methods of philosophy, discussions of Socrates and Marcus Aurelius. The essay on Marcus Aurelius was enhanced by my c...

    Lucrare esen?ial? pentru iubitorii filosofiei antice. Hadot are un stil clar ?i accesibil chiar ?i pentru profani ca mine. M? bucur c? am descoperit aceast? carte deoarece m? oblig? s? recitesc to?i filosofii pre-cre?tini din noua perspectiv? pe care mi-a indicat-o Hadot. ...

    This is a good read and it cheers me up. The chapter on Socrates is particularly interesting: insights into approaches to teaching and dialogue, as well as the role of Eros as demon. And about incommunicability, language and death. Finally some ancient wisdom. I will re-read Euripides ...

    Read much of this book on a one-to-one study group with Dresden; we both enjoyed what we read, although she said that John said that he had heard Hadot was "Foucault light." Hadot is certainly simple, and one can tire of his seemingly endless search for sources and authors that match h...

    What if I was to say that, in the end, your life was nothing but a stain on the pavement? Quite likely you would be offended and retort how I dare to utter such repulsive remark. However, in my defence I would say that is exactly the point for I am a philosopher. I am not here to pleas...

    Despite his own thesis that ancient philosophy "was a mode of existing-in-the-world, which had to be practiced at each instant and the goal of which was to transform the whole of the individual's life", Hadot's book does not provide much information on the ancient philosophers' mode of...

    This is an excellent book. Unfortunately I only understood every third paragraph. Much of the book went over my head, but the third that I did understand made it one of the best books I've read. If you are interested in Stoicism then I would recommend giving this book a read. I w...

    Superlative examination of philosophy's evolution through practical guide to the good life, scholastic theological foil, to it's present academic, abstract form. Hadot details the spiritual exercises of Stoicism, Epicureanism, Pythagors and Plotinus; concentrating also on themes in com...

    A truly excellent book - gives a wonderful, historical sweep on the evolution of spiritual exercises from the time of antiquity to the present day. I would recommend it to the religious and non-religious alike, anyone who is interested in the big questions in life and how we might ...

    Self-help for would-be philosophers. De Botton avant-la-lettre. Rather boring and clichéd. Fails to move or provoke. Reads like the philosophical equivalent of a satisfied Socrates cultivating his garden... ...

  • RK-ïsme
    Dec 17, 2017

    Amazing. This is the book I've been looking for ever since I read the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius 4 years ago. That book opened my eyes to something essential, which is the thesis of this book: ancient philosophy was not the abstract theoretical discourse that philosophy is today, b...

    This incomparable work tasks itself with resurrecting a lost tradition of reading, and therefore of understanding and of doing philosophy, in which the use of spiritual exercises is seen as an integral part of the meaning of philosophic texts, theories, and practices. Hadot's is an eff...

    An exceptional book. Highly recommended. I Blocked. Not only have I struggled with writing this review, but I have let it get in the way of others reviews. Time to get over it so here goes. Point 1. If you want to read an overarching review of this excellent book, read Elena?...

  • Joe
    Jul 05, 2014

    Amazing. This is the book I've been looking for ever since I read the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius 4 years ago. That book opened my eyes to something essential, which is the thesis of this book: ancient philosophy was not the abstract theoretical discourse that philosophy is today, b...

    This incomparable work tasks itself with resurrecting a lost tradition of reading, and therefore of understanding and of doing philosophy, in which the use of spiritual exercises is seen as an integral part of the meaning of philosophic texts, theories, and practices. Hadot's is an eff...

    An exceptional book. Highly recommended. I Blocked. Not only have I struggled with writing this review, but I have let it get in the way of others reviews. Time to get over it so here goes. Point 1. If you want to read an overarching review of this excellent book, read Elena?...

    Hadot's clear-cut understanding of the Hellenistic schools of philosophy, particularly Stoicism and Epicureanism, is manifestly presented, albeit in thesis form, in this book. He points out how philosophy, in its current practice, has become more about abstract theorizing on the manner...

    "People are not troubled by things, but by their judgments about things." - Epictetus Epictetus' three acts or functions of the soul: - judgment - desire - inclination or impulsion Since each of these activities of the soul depend on us, we can discipline them, we can choose ...

    A must read for anyone interested in ancient philosophy and seekers of wisdom. This book has a great way of explaining how it was when philosophy was a way of life and will give you suggestions on how to think for yourself and for the present moment. ...

    L'innamorato monta di guardia alla porta dell'amato, passa la notte sotto le stelle. È un mendicante e un soldato. Ma è anche ricco di invenzioni, mago, abile parlatore, poiché l'amore rende ingegnosi. Scoraggiamento e speranza, bisogno e sazietà, si succedono ininterrottamente con...

    Realmente me ha gustado y no lo he encontrado dificil de leer. Me quedo con algunas ideas del libro. La filosofía antigua como una forma de vida, como podría ser la religión o cualquier otra forma de entender el arte de vivir. La influencia del ejercicio espiritual de estas corrient...

    Hadot strikes me as a cross between Foucault and Leo Strauss: he shares with the Strauss the view that, as the book title suggests, philosophy is not primarily and perhaps not even ultimately concerned with assigning truth values to assertoric propositions. He shares with Foucault a ce...

    Hadot presents philosophy as "spiritual exercises" through essays on Socrates, Marcus Aurelius, and others. In addition to the exercises the book includes essays on the methods of philosophy, discussions of Socrates and Marcus Aurelius. The essay on Marcus Aurelius was enhanced by my c...

    Lucrare esen?ial? pentru iubitorii filosofiei antice. Hadot are un stil clar ?i accesibil chiar ?i pentru profani ca mine. M? bucur c? am descoperit aceast? carte deoarece m? oblig? s? recitesc to?i filosofii pre-cre?tini din noua perspectiv? pe care mi-a indicat-o Hadot. ...

    This is a good read and it cheers me up. The chapter on Socrates is particularly interesting: insights into approaches to teaching and dialogue, as well as the role of Eros as demon. And about incommunicability, language and death. Finally some ancient wisdom. I will re-read Euripides ...

    Read much of this book on a one-to-one study group with Dresden; we both enjoyed what we read, although she said that John said that he had heard Hadot was "Foucault light." Hadot is certainly simple, and one can tire of his seemingly endless search for sources and authors that match h...

    What if I was to say that, in the end, your life was nothing but a stain on the pavement? Quite likely you would be offended and retort how I dare to utter such repulsive remark. However, in my defence I would say that is exactly the point for I am a philosopher. I am not here to pleas...

    Despite his own thesis that ancient philosophy "was a mode of existing-in-the-world, which had to be practiced at each instant and the goal of which was to transform the whole of the individual's life", Hadot's book does not provide much information on the ancient philosophers' mode of...

    This is an excellent book. Unfortunately I only understood every third paragraph. Much of the book went over my head, but the third that I did understand made it one of the best books I've read. If you are interested in Stoicism then I would recommend giving this book a read. I w...

  • Saverio Mariani
    Sep 14, 2012

    Amazing. This is the book I've been looking for ever since I read the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius 4 years ago. That book opened my eyes to something essential, which is the thesis of this book: ancient philosophy was not the abstract theoretical discourse that philosophy is today, b...

    This incomparable work tasks itself with resurrecting a lost tradition of reading, and therefore of understanding and of doing philosophy, in which the use of spiritual exercises is seen as an integral part of the meaning of philosophic texts, theories, and practices. Hadot's is an eff...

    An exceptional book. Highly recommended. I Blocked. Not only have I struggled with writing this review, but I have let it get in the way of others reviews. Time to get over it so here goes. Point 1. If you want to read an overarching review of this excellent book, read Elena?...

    Hadot's clear-cut understanding of the Hellenistic schools of philosophy, particularly Stoicism and Epicureanism, is manifestly presented, albeit in thesis form, in this book. He points out how philosophy, in its current practice, has become more about abstract theorizing on the manner...

    "People are not troubled by things, but by their judgments about things." - Epictetus Epictetus' three acts or functions of the soul: - judgment - desire - inclination or impulsion Since each of these activities of the soul depend on us, we can discipline them, we can choose ...

    A must read for anyone interested in ancient philosophy and seekers of wisdom. This book has a great way of explaining how it was when philosophy was a way of life and will give you suggestions on how to think for yourself and for the present moment. ...

    L'innamorato monta di guardia alla porta dell'amato, passa la notte sotto le stelle. È un mendicante e un soldato. Ma è anche ricco di invenzioni, mago, abile parlatore, poiché l'amore rende ingegnosi. Scoraggiamento e speranza, bisogno e sazietà, si succedono ininterrottamente con...

    Realmente me ha gustado y no lo he encontrado dificil de leer. Me quedo con algunas ideas del libro. La filosofía antigua como una forma de vida, como podría ser la religión o cualquier otra forma de entender el arte de vivir. La influencia del ejercicio espiritual de estas corrient...

    Hadot strikes me as a cross between Foucault and Leo Strauss: he shares with the Strauss the view that, as the book title suggests, philosophy is not primarily and perhaps not even ultimately concerned with assigning truth values to assertoric propositions. He shares with Foucault a ce...

    Hadot presents philosophy as "spiritual exercises" through essays on Socrates, Marcus Aurelius, and others. In addition to the exercises the book includes essays on the methods of philosophy, discussions of Socrates and Marcus Aurelius. The essay on Marcus Aurelius was enhanced by my c...

    Lucrare esen?ial? pentru iubitorii filosofiei antice. Hadot are un stil clar ?i accesibil chiar ?i pentru profani ca mine. M? bucur c? am descoperit aceast? carte deoarece m? oblig? s? recitesc to?i filosofii pre-cre?tini din noua perspectiv? pe care mi-a indicat-o Hadot. ...

    This is a good read and it cheers me up. The chapter on Socrates is particularly interesting: insights into approaches to teaching and dialogue, as well as the role of Eros as demon. And about incommunicability, language and death. Finally some ancient wisdom. I will re-read Euripides ...

    Read much of this book on a one-to-one study group with Dresden; we both enjoyed what we read, although she said that John said that he had heard Hadot was "Foucault light." Hadot is certainly simple, and one can tire of his seemingly endless search for sources and authors that match h...

    What if I was to say that, in the end, your life was nothing but a stain on the pavement? Quite likely you would be offended and retort how I dare to utter such repulsive remark. However, in my defence I would say that is exactly the point for I am a philosopher. I am not here to pleas...

    Despite his own thesis that ancient philosophy "was a mode of existing-in-the-world, which had to be practiced at each instant and the goal of which was to transform the whole of the individual's life", Hadot's book does not provide much information on the ancient philosophers' mode of...

    This is an excellent book. Unfortunately I only understood every third paragraph. Much of the book went over my head, but the third that I did understand made it one of the best books I've read. If you are interested in Stoicism then I would recommend giving this book a read. I w...

    Superlative examination of philosophy's evolution through practical guide to the good life, scholastic theological foil, to it's present academic, abstract form. Hadot details the spiritual exercises of Stoicism, Epicureanism, Pythagors and Plotinus; concentrating also on themes in com...

    A truly excellent book - gives a wonderful, historical sweep on the evolution of spiritual exercises from the time of antiquity to the present day. I would recommend it to the religious and non-religious alike, anyone who is interested in the big questions in life and how we might ...

    Self-help for would-be philosophers. De Botton avant-la-lettre. Rather boring and clichéd. Fails to move or provoke. Reads like the philosophical equivalent of a satisfied Socrates cultivating his garden... ...

    Un libro imprescindibile per chi ama la filosofia nella sua forma più pura, quella antica, greco-romana. Un testo imprescindibile per chi ama e vive la filosofia. ...

  • Alex Winikoff
    Oct 03, 2012

    Amazing. This is the book I've been looking for ever since I read the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius 4 years ago. That book opened my eyes to something essential, which is the thesis of this book: ancient philosophy was not the abstract theoretical discourse that philosophy is today, b...

    This incomparable work tasks itself with resurrecting a lost tradition of reading, and therefore of understanding and of doing philosophy, in which the use of spiritual exercises is seen as an integral part of the meaning of philosophic texts, theories, and practices. Hadot's is an eff...

    An exceptional book. Highly recommended. I Blocked. Not only have I struggled with writing this review, but I have let it get in the way of others reviews. Time to get over it so here goes. Point 1. If you want to read an overarching review of this excellent book, read Elena?...

    Hadot's clear-cut understanding of the Hellenistic schools of philosophy, particularly Stoicism and Epicureanism, is manifestly presented, albeit in thesis form, in this book. He points out how philosophy, in its current practice, has become more about abstract theorizing on the manner...

    "People are not troubled by things, but by their judgments about things." - Epictetus Epictetus' three acts or functions of the soul: - judgment - desire - inclination or impulsion Since each of these activities of the soul depend on us, we can discipline them, we can choose ...

    A must read for anyone interested in ancient philosophy and seekers of wisdom. This book has a great way of explaining how it was when philosophy was a way of life and will give you suggestions on how to think for yourself and for the present moment. ...

    L'innamorato monta di guardia alla porta dell'amato, passa la notte sotto le stelle. È un mendicante e un soldato. Ma è anche ricco di invenzioni, mago, abile parlatore, poiché l'amore rende ingegnosi. Scoraggiamento e speranza, bisogno e sazietà, si succedono ininterrottamente con...

    Realmente me ha gustado y no lo he encontrado dificil de leer. Me quedo con algunas ideas del libro. La filosofía antigua como una forma de vida, como podría ser la religión o cualquier otra forma de entender el arte de vivir. La influencia del ejercicio espiritual de estas corrient...

    Hadot strikes me as a cross between Foucault and Leo Strauss: he shares with the Strauss the view that, as the book title suggests, philosophy is not primarily and perhaps not even ultimately concerned with assigning truth values to assertoric propositions. He shares with Foucault a ce...

    Hadot presents philosophy as "spiritual exercises" through essays on Socrates, Marcus Aurelius, and others. In addition to the exercises the book includes essays on the methods of philosophy, discussions of Socrates and Marcus Aurelius. The essay on Marcus Aurelius was enhanced by my c...

    Lucrare esen?ial? pentru iubitorii filosofiei antice. Hadot are un stil clar ?i accesibil chiar ?i pentru profani ca mine. M? bucur c? am descoperit aceast? carte deoarece m? oblig? s? recitesc to?i filosofii pre-cre?tini din noua perspectiv? pe care mi-a indicat-o Hadot. ...

    This is a good read and it cheers me up. The chapter on Socrates is particularly interesting: insights into approaches to teaching and dialogue, as well as the role of Eros as demon. And about incommunicability, language and death. Finally some ancient wisdom. I will re-read Euripides ...

    Read much of this book on a one-to-one study group with Dresden; we both enjoyed what we read, although she said that John said that he had heard Hadot was "Foucault light." Hadot is certainly simple, and one can tire of his seemingly endless search for sources and authors that match h...

    What if I was to say that, in the end, your life was nothing but a stain on the pavement? Quite likely you would be offended and retort how I dare to utter such repulsive remark. However, in my defence I would say that is exactly the point for I am a philosopher. I am not here to pleas...

    Despite his own thesis that ancient philosophy "was a mode of existing-in-the-world, which had to be practiced at each instant and the goal of which was to transform the whole of the individual's life", Hadot's book does not provide much information on the ancient philosophers' mode of...

    This is an excellent book. Unfortunately I only understood every third paragraph. Much of the book went over my head, but the third that I did understand made it one of the best books I've read. If you are interested in Stoicism then I would recommend giving this book a read. I w...

    Superlative examination of philosophy's evolution through practical guide to the good life, scholastic theological foil, to it's present academic, abstract form. Hadot details the spiritual exercises of Stoicism, Epicureanism, Pythagors and Plotinus; concentrating also on themes in com...

    A truly excellent book - gives a wonderful, historical sweep on the evolution of spiritual exercises from the time of antiquity to the present day. I would recommend it to the religious and non-religious alike, anyone who is interested in the big questions in life and how we might ...

    Self-help for would-be philosophers. De Botton avant-la-lettre. Rather boring and clichéd. Fails to move or provoke. Reads like the philosophical equivalent of a satisfied Socrates cultivating his garden... ...

    Un libro imprescindibile per chi ama la filosofia nella sua forma più pura, quella antica, greco-romana. Un testo imprescindibile per chi ama e vive la filosofia. ...

    There is a lot of information in here but not the kind that I was looking for... I did not enjoy the thesis defending writing style. ...

    This book changed my life. ...

    BEAUTIFUL book on philosophy. ...

  • Patrick Iain
    Feb 15, 2013

    Amazing. This is the book I've been looking for ever since I read the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius 4 years ago. That book opened my eyes to something essential, which is the thesis of this book: ancient philosophy was not the abstract theoretical discourse that philosophy is today, b...

    This incomparable work tasks itself with resurrecting a lost tradition of reading, and therefore of understanding and of doing philosophy, in which the use of spiritual exercises is seen as an integral part of the meaning of philosophic texts, theories, and practices. Hadot's is an eff...

    An exceptional book. Highly recommended. I Blocked. Not only have I struggled with writing this review, but I have let it get in the way of others reviews. Time to get over it so here goes. Point 1. If you want to read an overarching review of this excellent book, read Elena?...

    Hadot's clear-cut understanding of the Hellenistic schools of philosophy, particularly Stoicism and Epicureanism, is manifestly presented, albeit in thesis form, in this book. He points out how philosophy, in its current practice, has become more about abstract theorizing on the manner...

    "People are not troubled by things, but by their judgments about things." - Epictetus Epictetus' three acts or functions of the soul: - judgment - desire - inclination or impulsion Since each of these activities of the soul depend on us, we can discipline them, we can choose ...

    A must read for anyone interested in ancient philosophy and seekers of wisdom. This book has a great way of explaining how it was when philosophy was a way of life and will give you suggestions on how to think for yourself and for the present moment. ...

    L'innamorato monta di guardia alla porta dell'amato, passa la notte sotto le stelle. È un mendicante e un soldato. Ma è anche ricco di invenzioni, mago, abile parlatore, poiché l'amore rende ingegnosi. Scoraggiamento e speranza, bisogno e sazietà, si succedono ininterrottamente con...

    Realmente me ha gustado y no lo he encontrado dificil de leer. Me quedo con algunas ideas del libro. La filosofía antigua como una forma de vida, como podría ser la religión o cualquier otra forma de entender el arte de vivir. La influencia del ejercicio espiritual de estas corrient...

    Hadot strikes me as a cross between Foucault and Leo Strauss: he shares with the Strauss the view that, as the book title suggests, philosophy is not primarily and perhaps not even ultimately concerned with assigning truth values to assertoric propositions. He shares with Foucault a ce...

    Hadot presents philosophy as "spiritual exercises" through essays on Socrates, Marcus Aurelius, and others. In addition to the exercises the book includes essays on the methods of philosophy, discussions of Socrates and Marcus Aurelius. The essay on Marcus Aurelius was enhanced by my c...

    Lucrare esen?ial? pentru iubitorii filosofiei antice. Hadot are un stil clar ?i accesibil chiar ?i pentru profani ca mine. M? bucur c? am descoperit aceast? carte deoarece m? oblig? s? recitesc to?i filosofii pre-cre?tini din noua perspectiv? pe care mi-a indicat-o Hadot. ...

    This is a good read and it cheers me up. The chapter on Socrates is particularly interesting: insights into approaches to teaching and dialogue, as well as the role of Eros as demon. And about incommunicability, language and death. Finally some ancient wisdom. I will re-read Euripides ...

    Read much of this book on a one-to-one study group with Dresden; we both enjoyed what we read, although she said that John said that he had heard Hadot was "Foucault light." Hadot is certainly simple, and one can tire of his seemingly endless search for sources and authors that match h...

    What if I was to say that, in the end, your life was nothing but a stain on the pavement? Quite likely you would be offended and retort how I dare to utter such repulsive remark. However, in my defence I would say that is exactly the point for I am a philosopher. I am not here to pleas...

    Despite his own thesis that ancient philosophy "was a mode of existing-in-the-world, which had to be practiced at each instant and the goal of which was to transform the whole of the individual's life", Hadot's book does not provide much information on the ancient philosophers' mode of...

    This is an excellent book. Unfortunately I only understood every third paragraph. Much of the book went over my head, but the third that I did understand made it one of the best books I've read. If you are interested in Stoicism then I would recommend giving this book a read. I w...

    Superlative examination of philosophy's evolution through practical guide to the good life, scholastic theological foil, to it's present academic, abstract form. Hadot details the spiritual exercises of Stoicism, Epicureanism, Pythagors and Plotinus; concentrating also on themes in com...

    A truly excellent book - gives a wonderful, historical sweep on the evolution of spiritual exercises from the time of antiquity to the present day. I would recommend it to the religious and non-religious alike, anyone who is interested in the big questions in life and how we might ...

  • Elena Holmgren
    Aug 22, 2017

    Amazing. This is the book I've been looking for ever since I read the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius 4 years ago. That book opened my eyes to something essential, which is the thesis of this book: ancient philosophy was not the abstract theoretical discourse that philosophy is today, b...

    This incomparable work tasks itself with resurrecting a lost tradition of reading, and therefore of understanding and of doing philosophy, in which the use of spiritual exercises is seen as an integral part of the meaning of philosophic texts, theories, and practices. Hadot's is an eff...

  • Frankie Della Torre
    Apr 25, 2015

    Amazing. This is the book I've been looking for ever since I read the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius 4 years ago. That book opened my eyes to something essential, which is the thesis of this book: ancient philosophy was not the abstract theoretical discourse that philosophy is today, b...

    This incomparable work tasks itself with resurrecting a lost tradition of reading, and therefore of understanding and of doing philosophy, in which the use of spiritual exercises is seen as an integral part of the meaning of philosophic texts, theories, and practices. Hadot's is an eff...

    An exceptional book. Highly recommended. I Blocked. Not only have I struggled with writing this review, but I have let it get in the way of others reviews. Time to get over it so here goes. Point 1. If you want to read an overarching review of this excellent book, read Elena?...

    Hadot's clear-cut understanding of the Hellenistic schools of philosophy, particularly Stoicism and Epicureanism, is manifestly presented, albeit in thesis form, in this book. He points out how philosophy, in its current practice, has become more about abstract theorizing on the manner...

    "People are not troubled by things, but by their judgments about things." - Epictetus Epictetus' three acts or functions of the soul: - judgment - desire - inclination or impulsion Since each of these activities of the soul depend on us, we can discipline them, we can choose ...

    A must read for anyone interested in ancient philosophy and seekers of wisdom. This book has a great way of explaining how it was when philosophy was a way of life and will give you suggestions on how to think for yourself and for the present moment. ...

    L'innamorato monta di guardia alla porta dell'amato, passa la notte sotto le stelle. È un mendicante e un soldato. Ma è anche ricco di invenzioni, mago, abile parlatore, poiché l'amore rende ingegnosi. Scoraggiamento e speranza, bisogno e sazietà, si succedono ininterrottamente con...

    Realmente me ha gustado y no lo he encontrado dificil de leer. Me quedo con algunas ideas del libro. La filosofía antigua como una forma de vida, como podría ser la religión o cualquier otra forma de entender el arte de vivir. La influencia del ejercicio espiritual de estas corrient...

    Hadot strikes me as a cross between Foucault and Leo Strauss: he shares with the Strauss the view that, as the book title suggests, philosophy is not primarily and perhaps not even ultimately concerned with assigning truth values to assertoric propositions. He shares with Foucault a ce...

    Hadot presents philosophy as "spiritual exercises" through essays on Socrates, Marcus Aurelius, and others. In addition to the exercises the book includes essays on the methods of philosophy, discussions of Socrates and Marcus Aurelius. The essay on Marcus Aurelius was enhanced by my c...

    Lucrare esen?ial? pentru iubitorii filosofiei antice. Hadot are un stil clar ?i accesibil chiar ?i pentru profani ca mine. M? bucur c? am descoperit aceast? carte deoarece m? oblig? s? recitesc to?i filosofii pre-cre?tini din noua perspectiv? pe care mi-a indicat-o Hadot. ...

    This is a good read and it cheers me up. The chapter on Socrates is particularly interesting: insights into approaches to teaching and dialogue, as well as the role of Eros as demon. And about incommunicability, language and death. Finally some ancient wisdom. I will re-read Euripides ...

    Read much of this book on a one-to-one study group with Dresden; we both enjoyed what we read, although she said that John said that he had heard Hadot was "Foucault light." Hadot is certainly simple, and one can tire of his seemingly endless search for sources and authors that match h...

    What if I was to say that, in the end, your life was nothing but a stain on the pavement? Quite likely you would be offended and retort how I dare to utter such repulsive remark. However, in my defence I would say that is exactly the point for I am a philosopher. I am not here to pleas...

    Despite his own thesis that ancient philosophy "was a mode of existing-in-the-world, which had to be practiced at each instant and the goal of which was to transform the whole of the individual's life", Hadot's book does not provide much information on the ancient philosophers' mode of...

    This is an excellent book. Unfortunately I only understood every third paragraph. Much of the book went over my head, but the third that I did understand made it one of the best books I've read. If you are interested in Stoicism then I would recommend giving this book a read. I w...

    Superlative examination of philosophy's evolution through practical guide to the good life, scholastic theological foil, to it's present academic, abstract form. Hadot details the spiritual exercises of Stoicism, Epicureanism, Pythagors and Plotinus; concentrating also on themes in com...

    A truly excellent book - gives a wonderful, historical sweep on the evolution of spiritual exercises from the time of antiquity to the present day. I would recommend it to the religious and non-religious alike, anyone who is interested in the big questions in life and how we might ...

    Self-help for would-be philosophers. De Botton avant-la-lettre. Rather boring and clichéd. Fails to move or provoke. Reads like the philosophical equivalent of a satisfied Socrates cultivating his garden... ...

    Un libro imprescindibile per chi ama la filosofia nella sua forma più pura, quella antica, greco-romana. Un testo imprescindibile per chi ama e vive la filosofia. ...

    There is a lot of information in here but not the kind that I was looking for... I did not enjoy the thesis defending writing style. ...

    This book changed my life. ...

  • German Sanchez Collado
    Nov 19, 2016

    Amazing. This is the book I've been looking for ever since I read the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius 4 years ago. That book opened my eyes to something essential, which is the thesis of this book: ancient philosophy was not the abstract theoretical discourse that philosophy is today, b...

    This incomparable work tasks itself with resurrecting a lost tradition of reading, and therefore of understanding and of doing philosophy, in which the use of spiritual exercises is seen as an integral part of the meaning of philosophic texts, theories, and practices. Hadot's is an eff...

    An exceptional book. Highly recommended. I Blocked. Not only have I struggled with writing this review, but I have let it get in the way of others reviews. Time to get over it so here goes. Point 1. If you want to read an overarching review of this excellent book, read Elena?...

    Hadot's clear-cut understanding of the Hellenistic schools of philosophy, particularly Stoicism and Epicureanism, is manifestly presented, albeit in thesis form, in this book. He points out how philosophy, in its current practice, has become more about abstract theorizing on the manner...

    "People are not troubled by things, but by their judgments about things." - Epictetus Epictetus' three acts or functions of the soul: - judgment - desire - inclination or impulsion Since each of these activities of the soul depend on us, we can discipline them, we can choose ...

    A must read for anyone interested in ancient philosophy and seekers of wisdom. This book has a great way of explaining how it was when philosophy was a way of life and will give you suggestions on how to think for yourself and for the present moment. ...

    L'innamorato monta di guardia alla porta dell'amato, passa la notte sotto le stelle. È un mendicante e un soldato. Ma è anche ricco di invenzioni, mago, abile parlatore, poiché l'amore rende ingegnosi. Scoraggiamento e speranza, bisogno e sazietà, si succedono ininterrottamente con...

    Realmente me ha gustado y no lo he encontrado dificil de leer. Me quedo con algunas ideas del libro. La filosofía antigua como una forma de vida, como podría ser la religión o cualquier otra forma de entender el arte de vivir. La influencia del ejercicio espiritual de estas corrient...

  • Gary Brooks
    Oct 26, 2014

    Amazing. This is the book I've been looking for ever since I read the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius 4 years ago. That book opened my eyes to something essential, which is the thesis of this book: ancient philosophy was not the abstract theoretical discourse that philosophy is today, b...

    This incomparable work tasks itself with resurrecting a lost tradition of reading, and therefore of understanding and of doing philosophy, in which the use of spiritual exercises is seen as an integral part of the meaning of philosophic texts, theories, and practices. Hadot's is an eff...

    An exceptional book. Highly recommended. I Blocked. Not only have I struggled with writing this review, but I have let it get in the way of others reviews. Time to get over it so here goes. Point 1. If you want to read an overarching review of this excellent book, read Elena?...

    Hadot's clear-cut understanding of the Hellenistic schools of philosophy, particularly Stoicism and Epicureanism, is manifestly presented, albeit in thesis form, in this book. He points out how philosophy, in its current practice, has become more about abstract theorizing on the manner...

    "People are not troubled by things, but by their judgments about things." - Epictetus Epictetus' three acts or functions of the soul: - judgment - desire - inclination or impulsion Since each of these activities of the soul depend on us, we can discipline them, we can choose ...

    A must read for anyone interested in ancient philosophy and seekers of wisdom. This book has a great way of explaining how it was when philosophy was a way of life and will give you suggestions on how to think for yourself and for the present moment. ...

    L'innamorato monta di guardia alla porta dell'amato, passa la notte sotto le stelle. È un mendicante e un soldato. Ma è anche ricco di invenzioni, mago, abile parlatore, poiché l'amore rende ingegnosi. Scoraggiamento e speranza, bisogno e sazietà, si succedono ininterrottamente con...

    Realmente me ha gustado y no lo he encontrado dificil de leer. Me quedo con algunas ideas del libro. La filosofía antigua como una forma de vida, como podría ser la religión o cualquier otra forma de entender el arte de vivir. La influencia del ejercicio espiritual de estas corrient...

    Hadot strikes me as a cross between Foucault and Leo Strauss: he shares with the Strauss the view that, as the book title suggests, philosophy is not primarily and perhaps not even ultimately concerned with assigning truth values to assertoric propositions. He shares with Foucault a ce...

    Hadot presents philosophy as "spiritual exercises" through essays on Socrates, Marcus Aurelius, and others. In addition to the exercises the book includes essays on the methods of philosophy, discussions of Socrates and Marcus Aurelius. The essay on Marcus Aurelius was enhanced by my c...

    Lucrare esen?ial? pentru iubitorii filosofiei antice. Hadot are un stil clar ?i accesibil chiar ?i pentru profani ca mine. M? bucur c? am descoperit aceast? carte deoarece m? oblig? s? recitesc to?i filosofii pre-cre?tini din noua perspectiv? pe care mi-a indicat-o Hadot. ...

    This is a good read and it cheers me up. The chapter on Socrates is particularly interesting: insights into approaches to teaching and dialogue, as well as the role of Eros as demon. And about incommunicability, language and death. Finally some ancient wisdom. I will re-read Euripides ...

    Read much of this book on a one-to-one study group with Dresden; we both enjoyed what we read, although she said that John said that he had heard Hadot was "Foucault light." Hadot is certainly simple, and one can tire of his seemingly endless search for sources and authors that match h...

    What if I was to say that, in the end, your life was nothing but a stain on the pavement? Quite likely you would be offended and retort how I dare to utter such repulsive remark. However, in my defence I would say that is exactly the point for I am a philosopher. I am not here to pleas...

    Despite his own thesis that ancient philosophy "was a mode of existing-in-the-world, which had to be practiced at each instant and the goal of which was to transform the whole of the individual's life", Hadot's book does not provide much information on the ancient philosophers' mode of...

    This is an excellent book. Unfortunately I only understood every third paragraph. Much of the book went over my head, but the third that I did understand made it one of the best books I've read. If you are interested in Stoicism then I would recommend giving this book a read. I w...

    Superlative examination of philosophy's evolution through practical guide to the good life, scholastic theological foil, to it's present academic, abstract form. Hadot details the spiritual exercises of Stoicism, Epicureanism, Pythagors and Plotinus; concentrating also on themes in com...

  • Luca Parodi
    Nov 30, 2017

    Amazing. This is the book I've been looking for ever since I read the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius 4 years ago. That book opened my eyes to something essential, which is the thesis of this book: ancient philosophy was not the abstract theoretical discourse that philosophy is today, b...

    This incomparable work tasks itself with resurrecting a lost tradition of reading, and therefore of understanding and of doing philosophy, in which the use of spiritual exercises is seen as an integral part of the meaning of philosophic texts, theories, and practices. Hadot's is an eff...

    An exceptional book. Highly recommended. I Blocked. Not only have I struggled with writing this review, but I have let it get in the way of others reviews. Time to get over it so here goes. Point 1. If you want to read an overarching review of this excellent book, read Elena?...

    Hadot's clear-cut understanding of the Hellenistic schools of philosophy, particularly Stoicism and Epicureanism, is manifestly presented, albeit in thesis form, in this book. He points out how philosophy, in its current practice, has become more about abstract theorizing on the manner...

    "People are not troubled by things, but by their judgments about things." - Epictetus Epictetus' three acts or functions of the soul: - judgment - desire - inclination or impulsion Since each of these activities of the soul depend on us, we can discipline them, we can choose ...

    A must read for anyone interested in ancient philosophy and seekers of wisdom. This book has a great way of explaining how it was when philosophy was a way of life and will give you suggestions on how to think for yourself and for the present moment. ...

    L'innamorato monta di guardia alla porta dell'amato, passa la notte sotto le stelle. È un mendicante e un soldato. Ma è anche ricco di invenzioni, mago, abile parlatore, poiché l'amore rende ingegnosi. Scoraggiamento e speranza, bisogno e sazietà, si succedono ininterrottamente con...

    Realmente me ha gustado y no lo he encontrado dificil de leer. Me quedo con algunas ideas del libro. La filosofía antigua como una forma de vida, como podría ser la religión o cualquier otra forma de entender el arte de vivir. La influencia del ejercicio espiritual de estas corrient...

    Hadot strikes me as a cross between Foucault and Leo Strauss: he shares with the Strauss the view that, as the book title suggests, philosophy is not primarily and perhaps not even ultimately concerned with assigning truth values to assertoric propositions. He shares with Foucault a ce...

    Hadot presents philosophy as "spiritual exercises" through essays on Socrates, Marcus Aurelius, and others. In addition to the exercises the book includes essays on the methods of philosophy, discussions of Socrates and Marcus Aurelius. The essay on Marcus Aurelius was enhanced by my c...

    Lucrare esen?ial? pentru iubitorii filosofiei antice. Hadot are un stil clar ?i accesibil chiar ?i pentru profani ca mine. M? bucur c? am descoperit aceast? carte deoarece m? oblig? s? recitesc to?i filosofii pre-cre?tini din noua perspectiv? pe care mi-a indicat-o Hadot. ...

    This is a good read and it cheers me up. The chapter on Socrates is particularly interesting: insights into approaches to teaching and dialogue, as well as the role of Eros as demon. And about incommunicability, language and death. Finally some ancient wisdom. I will re-read Euripides ...

    Read much of this book on a one-to-one study group with Dresden; we both enjoyed what we read, although she said that John said that he had heard Hadot was "Foucault light." Hadot is certainly simple, and one can tire of his seemingly endless search for sources and authors that match h...

    What if I was to say that, in the end, your life was nothing but a stain on the pavement? Quite likely you would be offended and retort how I dare to utter such repulsive remark. However, in my defence I would say that is exactly the point for I am a philosopher. I am not here to pleas...

    Despite his own thesis that ancient philosophy "was a mode of existing-in-the-world, which had to be practiced at each instant and the goal of which was to transform the whole of the individual's life", Hadot's book does not provide much information on the ancient philosophers' mode of...

    This is an excellent book. Unfortunately I only understood every third paragraph. Much of the book went over my head, but the third that I did understand made it one of the best books I've read. If you are interested in Stoicism then I would recommend giving this book a read. I w...

    Superlative examination of philosophy's evolution through practical guide to the good life, scholastic theological foil, to it's present academic, abstract form. Hadot details the spiritual exercises of Stoicism, Epicureanism, Pythagors and Plotinus; concentrating also on themes in com...

    A truly excellent book - gives a wonderful, historical sweep on the evolution of spiritual exercises from the time of antiquity to the present day. I would recommend it to the religious and non-religious alike, anyone who is interested in the big questions in life and how we might ...

    Self-help for would-be philosophers. De Botton avant-la-lettre. Rather boring and clichéd. Fails to move or provoke. Reads like the philosophical equivalent of a satisfied Socrates cultivating his garden... ...

    Un libro imprescindibile per chi ama la filosofia nella sua forma più pura, quella antica, greco-romana. Un testo imprescindibile per chi ama e vive la filosofia. ...

    There is a lot of information in here but not the kind that I was looking for... I did not enjoy the thesis defending writing style. ...

    This book changed my life. ...

    BEAUTIFUL book on philosophy. ...

    It's a faulty text for sure. It can't decide whether it wants to be a scholarly book on the early history of applied philosophy, or if it wants to be an actionable guide to influential ideas of philosophers, intended to help the reader make the most of their life. Yet at its best, i...

    Raffinata lode, divisa in ridondanti ma mai noiosi brevi saggi, della trasformazione che l?esercizio della filosofia può causare in chi costantemente vi si applica. Un profluvio di citazioni e rimandi diretti ai testi fa? immergere il lettore in quella straordinaria fonte di sagge...

  • Adam Lam
    Jul 23, 2018

    Amazing. This is the book I've been looking for ever since I read the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius 4 years ago. That book opened my eyes to something essential, which is the thesis of this book: ancient philosophy was not the abstract theoretical discourse that philosophy is today, b...

    This incomparable work tasks itself with resurrecting a lost tradition of reading, and therefore of understanding and of doing philosophy, in which the use of spiritual exercises is seen as an integral part of the meaning of philosophic texts, theories, and practices. Hadot's is an eff...

    An exceptional book. Highly recommended. I Blocked. Not only have I struggled with writing this review, but I have let it get in the way of others reviews. Time to get over it so here goes. Point 1. If you want to read an overarching review of this excellent book, read Elena?...

    Hadot's clear-cut understanding of the Hellenistic schools of philosophy, particularly Stoicism and Epicureanism, is manifestly presented, albeit in thesis form, in this book. He points out how philosophy, in its current practice, has become more about abstract theorizing on the manner...

    "People are not troubled by things, but by their judgments about things." - Epictetus Epictetus' three acts or functions of the soul: - judgment - desire - inclination or impulsion Since each of these activities of the soul depend on us, we can discipline them, we can choose ...

    A must read for anyone interested in ancient philosophy and seekers of wisdom. This book has a great way of explaining how it was when philosophy was a way of life and will give you suggestions on how to think for yourself and for the present moment. ...

    L'innamorato monta di guardia alla porta dell'amato, passa la notte sotto le stelle. È un mendicante e un soldato. Ma è anche ricco di invenzioni, mago, abile parlatore, poiché l'amore rende ingegnosi. Scoraggiamento e speranza, bisogno e sazietà, si succedono ininterrottamente con...

    Realmente me ha gustado y no lo he encontrado dificil de leer. Me quedo con algunas ideas del libro. La filosofía antigua como una forma de vida, como podría ser la religión o cualquier otra forma de entender el arte de vivir. La influencia del ejercicio espiritual de estas corrient...

    Hadot strikes me as a cross between Foucault and Leo Strauss: he shares with the Strauss the view that, as the book title suggests, philosophy is not primarily and perhaps not even ultimately concerned with assigning truth values to assertoric propositions. He shares with Foucault a ce...

    Hadot presents philosophy as "spiritual exercises" through essays on Socrates, Marcus Aurelius, and others. In addition to the exercises the book includes essays on the methods of philosophy, discussions of Socrates and Marcus Aurelius. The essay on Marcus Aurelius was enhanced by my c...

    Lucrare esen?ial? pentru iubitorii filosofiei antice. Hadot are un stil clar ?i accesibil chiar ?i pentru profani ca mine. M? bucur c? am descoperit aceast? carte deoarece m? oblig? s? recitesc to?i filosofii pre-cre?tini din noua perspectiv? pe care mi-a indicat-o Hadot. ...

    This is a good read and it cheers me up. The chapter on Socrates is particularly interesting: insights into approaches to teaching and dialogue, as well as the role of Eros as demon. And about incommunicability, language and death. Finally some ancient wisdom. I will re-read Euripides ...

    Read much of this book on a one-to-one study group with Dresden; we both enjoyed what we read, although she said that John said that he had heard Hadot was "Foucault light." Hadot is certainly simple, and one can tire of his seemingly endless search for sources and authors that match h...

    What if I was to say that, in the end, your life was nothing but a stain on the pavement? Quite likely you would be offended and retort how I dare to utter such repulsive remark. However, in my defence I would say that is exactly the point for I am a philosopher. I am not here to pleas...

    Despite his own thesis that ancient philosophy "was a mode of existing-in-the-world, which had to be practiced at each instant and the goal of which was to transform the whole of the individual's life", Hadot's book does not provide much information on the ancient philosophers' mode of...

    This is an excellent book. Unfortunately I only understood every third paragraph. Much of the book went over my head, but the third that I did understand made it one of the best books I've read. If you are interested in Stoicism then I would recommend giving this book a read. I w...

    Superlative examination of philosophy's evolution through practical guide to the good life, scholastic theological foil, to it's present academic, abstract form. Hadot details the spiritual exercises of Stoicism, Epicureanism, Pythagors and Plotinus; concentrating also on themes in com...

    A truly excellent book - gives a wonderful, historical sweep on the evolution of spiritual exercises from the time of antiquity to the present day. I would recommend it to the religious and non-religious alike, anyone who is interested in the big questions in life and how we might ...

    Self-help for would-be philosophers. De Botton avant-la-lettre. Rather boring and clichéd. Fails to move or provoke. Reads like the philosophical equivalent of a satisfied Socrates cultivating his garden... ...

    Un libro imprescindibile per chi ama la filosofia nella sua forma più pura, quella antica, greco-romana. Un testo imprescindibile per chi ama e vive la filosofia. ...

    There is a lot of information in here but not the kind that I was looking for... I did not enjoy the thesis defending writing style. ...

    This book changed my life. ...

    BEAUTIFUL book on philosophy. ...

    It's a faulty text for sure. It can't decide whether it wants to be a scholarly book on the early history of applied philosophy, or if it wants to be an actionable guide to influential ideas of philosophers, intended to help the reader make the most of their life. Yet at its best, i...

  • Logan Mitchell
    Nov 18, 2018

    Amazing. This is the book I've been looking for ever since I read the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius 4 years ago. That book opened my eyes to something essential, which is the thesis of this book: ancient philosophy was not the abstract theoretical discourse that philosophy is today, b...

    This incomparable work tasks itself with resurrecting a lost tradition of reading, and therefore of understanding and of doing philosophy, in which the use of spiritual exercises is seen as an integral part of the meaning of philosophic texts, theories, and practices. Hadot's is an eff...

    An exceptional book. Highly recommended. I Blocked. Not only have I struggled with writing this review, but I have let it get in the way of others reviews. Time to get over it so here goes. Point 1. If you want to read an overarching review of this excellent book, read Elena?...

    Hadot's clear-cut understanding of the Hellenistic schools of philosophy, particularly Stoicism and Epicureanism, is manifestly presented, albeit in thesis form, in this book. He points out how philosophy, in its current practice, has become more about abstract theorizing on the manner...

    "People are not troubled by things, but by their judgments about things." - Epictetus Epictetus' three acts or functions of the soul: - judgment - desire - inclination or impulsion Since each of these activities of the soul depend on us, we can discipline them, we can choose ...

    A must read for anyone interested in ancient philosophy and seekers of wisdom. This book has a great way of explaining how it was when philosophy was a way of life and will give you suggestions on how to think for yourself and for the present moment. ...

    L'innamorato monta di guardia alla porta dell'amato, passa la notte sotto le stelle. È un mendicante e un soldato. Ma è anche ricco di invenzioni, mago, abile parlatore, poiché l'amore rende ingegnosi. Scoraggiamento e speranza, bisogno e sazietà, si succedono ininterrottamente con...

    Realmente me ha gustado y no lo he encontrado dificil de leer. Me quedo con algunas ideas del libro. La filosofía antigua como una forma de vida, como podría ser la religión o cualquier otra forma de entender el arte de vivir. La influencia del ejercicio espiritual de estas corrient...

    Hadot strikes me as a cross between Foucault and Leo Strauss: he shares with the Strauss the view that, as the book title suggests, philosophy is not primarily and perhaps not even ultimately concerned with assigning truth values to assertoric propositions. He shares with Foucault a ce...

    Hadot presents philosophy as "spiritual exercises" through essays on Socrates, Marcus Aurelius, and others. In addition to the exercises the book includes essays on the methods of philosophy, discussions of Socrates and Marcus Aurelius. The essay on Marcus Aurelius was enhanced by my c...

    Lucrare esen?ial? pentru iubitorii filosofiei antice. Hadot are un stil clar ?i accesibil chiar ?i pentru profani ca mine. M? bucur c? am descoperit aceast? carte deoarece m? oblig? s? recitesc to?i filosofii pre-cre?tini din noua perspectiv? pe care mi-a indicat-o Hadot. ...

    This is a good read and it cheers me up. The chapter on Socrates is particularly interesting: insights into approaches to teaching and dialogue, as well as the role of Eros as demon. And about incommunicability, language and death. Finally some ancient wisdom. I will re-read Euripides ...

    Read much of this book on a one-to-one study group with Dresden; we both enjoyed what we read, although she said that John said that he had heard Hadot was "Foucault light." Hadot is certainly simple, and one can tire of his seemingly endless search for sources and authors that match h...

    What if I was to say that, in the end, your life was nothing but a stain on the pavement? Quite likely you would be offended and retort how I dare to utter such repulsive remark. However, in my defence I would say that is exactly the point for I am a philosopher. I am not here to pleas...

    Despite his own thesis that ancient philosophy "was a mode of existing-in-the-world, which had to be practiced at each instant and the goal of which was to transform the whole of the individual's life", Hadot's book does not provide much information on the ancient philosophers' mode of...

    This is an excellent book. Unfortunately I only understood every third paragraph. Much of the book went over my head, but the third that I did understand made it one of the best books I've read. If you are interested in Stoicism then I would recommend giving this book a read. I w...

    Superlative examination of philosophy's evolution through practical guide to the good life, scholastic theological foil, to it's present academic, abstract form. Hadot details the spiritual exercises of Stoicism, Epicureanism, Pythagors and Plotinus; concentrating also on themes in com...

    A truly excellent book - gives a wonderful, historical sweep on the evolution of spiritual exercises from the time of antiquity to the present day. I would recommend it to the religious and non-religious alike, anyone who is interested in the big questions in life and how we might ...

    Self-help for would-be philosophers. De Botton avant-la-lettre. Rather boring and clichéd. Fails to move or provoke. Reads like the philosophical equivalent of a satisfied Socrates cultivating his garden... ...

    Un libro imprescindibile per chi ama la filosofia nella sua forma più pura, quella antica, greco-romana. Un testo imprescindibile per chi ama e vive la filosofia. ...

    There is a lot of information in here but not the kind that I was looking for... I did not enjoy the thesis defending writing style. ...

    This book changed my life. ...

    BEAUTIFUL book on philosophy. ...

    It's a faulty text for sure. It can't decide whether it wants to be a scholarly book on the early history of applied philosophy, or if it wants to be an actionable guide to influential ideas of philosophers, intended to help the reader make the most of their life. Yet at its best, i...

    Raffinata lode, divisa in ridondanti ma mai noiosi brevi saggi, della trasformazione che l?esercizio della filosofia può causare in chi costantemente vi si applica. Un profluvio di citazioni e rimandi diretti ai testi fa? immergere il lettore in quella straordinaria fonte di sagge...

    «La religione greca finisce col suo vero dio: il saggio». Chi per passione o per istintiva attrazione si è trovato (piacevolmente) costretto a studiare la filosofia (antica ma anche d'ogni d'epoca) qualora avesse l'occasione d'incontrare questa dotta raccolta di saggi sul pensiero ...

    This was a great book, though not at all like I expected. It was a series of lectures about practices in ancient philosophy (primarily Stoicism, Epicurianism, and Platonism) and how they are focused on living a good life. I expected a practical guide, but this was more of a historical ...

    Pierre Hadot is a historian of philosophy, specializing in the philosophies of Ancient Greece and Rome. In this book he describes the spiritual exercises prescribed by the various philosophical schools?Stoicism, Epicureanism, etc. These exercises were eventually taken up by the Catho...

    This was a book I first heard about from reading Ryan Holiday?s ?Ego is the Enemy,? which also led me to read Marcus Aurelius? ?Meditations,? both of which I recommend. This book, however, was remarkably astute and engaging. While it can be repetitive, I think the lessons a...

  • sofia
    Jan 19, 2018

    Amazing. This is the book I've been looking for ever since I read the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius 4 years ago. That book opened my eyes to something essential, which is the thesis of this book: ancient philosophy was not the abstract theoretical discourse that philosophy is today, b...

    This incomparable work tasks itself with resurrecting a lost tradition of reading, and therefore of understanding and of doing philosophy, in which the use of spiritual exercises is seen as an integral part of the meaning of philosophic texts, theories, and practices. Hadot's is an eff...

    An exceptional book. Highly recommended. I Blocked. Not only have I struggled with writing this review, but I have let it get in the way of others reviews. Time to get over it so here goes. Point 1. If you want to read an overarching review of this excellent book, read Elena?...

    Hadot's clear-cut understanding of the Hellenistic schools of philosophy, particularly Stoicism and Epicureanism, is manifestly presented, albeit in thesis form, in this book. He points out how philosophy, in its current practice, has become more about abstract theorizing on the manner...

    "People are not troubled by things, but by their judgments about things." - Epictetus Epictetus' three acts or functions of the soul: - judgment - desire - inclination or impulsion Since each of these activities of the soul depend on us, we can discipline them, we can choose ...

    A must read for anyone interested in ancient philosophy and seekers of wisdom. This book has a great way of explaining how it was when philosophy was a way of life and will give you suggestions on how to think for yourself and for the present moment. ...

    L'innamorato monta di guardia alla porta dell'amato, passa la notte sotto le stelle. È un mendicante e un soldato. Ma è anche ricco di invenzioni, mago, abile parlatore, poiché l'amore rende ingegnosi. Scoraggiamento e speranza, bisogno e sazietà, si succedono ininterrottamente con...

  • Rob
    Mar 20, 2017

    Amazing. This is the book I've been looking for ever since I read the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius 4 years ago. That book opened my eyes to something essential, which is the thesis of this book: ancient philosophy was not the abstract theoretical discourse that philosophy is today, b...

    This incomparable work tasks itself with resurrecting a lost tradition of reading, and therefore of understanding and of doing philosophy, in which the use of spiritual exercises is seen as an integral part of the meaning of philosophic texts, theories, and practices. Hadot's is an eff...

    An exceptional book. Highly recommended. I Blocked. Not only have I struggled with writing this review, but I have let it get in the way of others reviews. Time to get over it so here goes. Point 1. If you want to read an overarching review of this excellent book, read Elena?...

    Hadot's clear-cut understanding of the Hellenistic schools of philosophy, particularly Stoicism and Epicureanism, is manifestly presented, albeit in thesis form, in this book. He points out how philosophy, in its current practice, has become more about abstract theorizing on the manner...

    "People are not troubled by things, but by their judgments about things." - Epictetus Epictetus' three acts or functions of the soul: - judgment - desire - inclination or impulsion Since each of these activities of the soul depend on us, we can discipline them, we can choose ...

    A must read for anyone interested in ancient philosophy and seekers of wisdom. This book has a great way of explaining how it was when philosophy was a way of life and will give you suggestions on how to think for yourself and for the present moment. ...

  • Barry Andrews
    Dec 22, 2017

    Amazing. This is the book I've been looking for ever since I read the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius 4 years ago. That book opened my eyes to something essential, which is the thesis of this book: ancient philosophy was not the abstract theoretical discourse that philosophy is today, b...

    This incomparable work tasks itself with resurrecting a lost tradition of reading, and therefore of understanding and of doing philosophy, in which the use of spiritual exercises is seen as an integral part of the meaning of philosophic texts, theories, and practices. Hadot's is an eff...

    An exceptional book. Highly recommended. I Blocked. Not only have I struggled with writing this review, but I have let it get in the way of others reviews. Time to get over it so here goes. Point 1. If you want to read an overarching review of this excellent book, read Elena?...

    Hadot's clear-cut understanding of the Hellenistic schools of philosophy, particularly Stoicism and Epicureanism, is manifestly presented, albeit in thesis form, in this book. He points out how philosophy, in its current practice, has become more about abstract theorizing on the manner...

    "People are not troubled by things, but by their judgments about things." - Epictetus Epictetus' three acts or functions of the soul: - judgment - desire - inclination or impulsion Since each of these activities of the soul depend on us, we can discipline them, we can choose ...

    A must read for anyone interested in ancient philosophy and seekers of wisdom. This book has a great way of explaining how it was when philosophy was a way of life and will give you suggestions on how to think for yourself and for the present moment. ...

    L'innamorato monta di guardia alla porta dell'amato, passa la notte sotto le stelle. È un mendicante e un soldato. Ma è anche ricco di invenzioni, mago, abile parlatore, poiché l'amore rende ingegnosi. Scoraggiamento e speranza, bisogno e sazietà, si succedono ininterrottamente con...

    Realmente me ha gustado y no lo he encontrado dificil de leer. Me quedo con algunas ideas del libro. La filosofía antigua como una forma de vida, como podría ser la religión o cualquier otra forma de entender el arte de vivir. La influencia del ejercicio espiritual de estas corrient...

    Hadot strikes me as a cross between Foucault and Leo Strauss: he shares with the Strauss the view that, as the book title suggests, philosophy is not primarily and perhaps not even ultimately concerned with assigning truth values to assertoric propositions. He shares with Foucault a ce...

    Hadot presents philosophy as "spiritual exercises" through essays on Socrates, Marcus Aurelius, and others. In addition to the exercises the book includes essays on the methods of philosophy, discussions of Socrates and Marcus Aurelius. The essay on Marcus Aurelius was enhanced by my c...

    Lucrare esen?ial? pentru iubitorii filosofiei antice. Hadot are un stil clar ?i accesibil chiar ?i pentru profani ca mine. M? bucur c? am descoperit aceast? carte deoarece m? oblig? s? recitesc to?i filosofii pre-cre?tini din noua perspectiv? pe care mi-a indicat-o Hadot. ...

    This is a good read and it cheers me up. The chapter on Socrates is particularly interesting: insights into approaches to teaching and dialogue, as well as the role of Eros as demon. And about incommunicability, language and death. Finally some ancient wisdom. I will re-read Euripides ...

    Read much of this book on a one-to-one study group with Dresden; we both enjoyed what we read, although she said that John said that he had heard Hadot was "Foucault light." Hadot is certainly simple, and one can tire of his seemingly endless search for sources and authors that match h...

    What if I was to say that, in the end, your life was nothing but a stain on the pavement? Quite likely you would be offended and retort how I dare to utter such repulsive remark. However, in my defence I would say that is exactly the point for I am a philosopher. I am not here to pleas...

    Despite his own thesis that ancient philosophy "was a mode of existing-in-the-world, which had to be practiced at each instant and the goal of which was to transform the whole of the individual's life", Hadot's book does not provide much information on the ancient philosophers' mode of...

    This is an excellent book. Unfortunately I only understood every third paragraph. Much of the book went over my head, but the third that I did understand made it one of the best books I've read. If you are interested in Stoicism then I would recommend giving this book a read. I w...

    Superlative examination of philosophy's evolution through practical guide to the good life, scholastic theological foil, to it's present academic, abstract form. Hadot details the spiritual exercises of Stoicism, Epicureanism, Pythagors and Plotinus; concentrating also on themes in com...

    A truly excellent book - gives a wonderful, historical sweep on the evolution of spiritual exercises from the time of antiquity to the present day. I would recommend it to the religious and non-religious alike, anyone who is interested in the big questions in life and how we might ...

    Self-help for would-be philosophers. De Botton avant-la-lettre. Rather boring and clichéd. Fails to move or provoke. Reads like the philosophical equivalent of a satisfied Socrates cultivating his garden... ...

    Un libro imprescindibile per chi ama la filosofia nella sua forma più pura, quella antica, greco-romana. Un testo imprescindibile per chi ama e vive la filosofia. ...

    There is a lot of information in here but not the kind that I was looking for... I did not enjoy the thesis defending writing style. ...

    This book changed my life. ...

    BEAUTIFUL book on philosophy. ...

    It's a faulty text for sure. It can't decide whether it wants to be a scholarly book on the early history of applied philosophy, or if it wants to be an actionable guide to influential ideas of philosophers, intended to help the reader make the most of their life. Yet at its best, i...

    Raffinata lode, divisa in ridondanti ma mai noiosi brevi saggi, della trasformazione che l?esercizio della filosofia può causare in chi costantemente vi si applica. Un profluvio di citazioni e rimandi diretti ai testi fa? immergere il lettore in quella straordinaria fonte di sagge...

    «La religione greca finisce col suo vero dio: il saggio». Chi per passione o per istintiva attrazione si è trovato (piacevolmente) costretto a studiare la filosofia (antica ma anche d'ogni d'epoca) qualora avesse l'occasione d'incontrare questa dotta raccolta di saggi sul pensiero ...

    This was a great book, though not at all like I expected. It was a series of lectures about practices in ancient philosophy (primarily Stoicism, Epicurianism, and Platonism) and how they are focused on living a good life. I expected a practical guide, but this was more of a historical ...

    Pierre Hadot is a historian of philosophy, specializing in the philosophies of Ancient Greece and Rome. In this book he describes the spiritual exercises prescribed by the various philosophical schools?Stoicism, Epicureanism, etc. These exercises were eventually taken up by the Catho...

  • Shane Orr
    Aug 10, 2018

    Amazing. This is the book I've been looking for ever since I read the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius 4 years ago. That book opened my eyes to something essential, which is the thesis of this book: ancient philosophy was not the abstract theoretical discourse that philosophy is today, b...

    This incomparable work tasks itself with resurrecting a lost tradition of reading, and therefore of understanding and of doing philosophy, in which the use of spiritual exercises is seen as an integral part of the meaning of philosophic texts, theories, and practices. Hadot's is an eff...

    An exceptional book. Highly recommended. I Blocked. Not only have I struggled with writing this review, but I have let it get in the way of others reviews. Time to get over it so here goes. Point 1. If you want to read an overarching review of this excellent book, read Elena?...

    Hadot's clear-cut understanding of the Hellenistic schools of philosophy, particularly Stoicism and Epicureanism, is manifestly presented, albeit in thesis form, in this book. He points out how philosophy, in its current practice, has become more about abstract theorizing on the manner...

    "People are not troubled by things, but by their judgments about things." - Epictetus Epictetus' three acts or functions of the soul: - judgment - desire - inclination or impulsion Since each of these activities of the soul depend on us, we can discipline them, we can choose ...

    A must read for anyone interested in ancient philosophy and seekers of wisdom. This book has a great way of explaining how it was when philosophy was a way of life and will give you suggestions on how to think for yourself and for the present moment. ...

    L'innamorato monta di guardia alla porta dell'amato, passa la notte sotto le stelle. È un mendicante e un soldato. Ma è anche ricco di invenzioni, mago, abile parlatore, poiché l'amore rende ingegnosi. Scoraggiamento e speranza, bisogno e sazietà, si succedono ininterrottamente con...

    Realmente me ha gustado y no lo he encontrado dificil de leer. Me quedo con algunas ideas del libro. La filosofía antigua como una forma de vida, como podría ser la religión o cualquier otra forma de entender el arte de vivir. La influencia del ejercicio espiritual de estas corrient...

    Hadot strikes me as a cross between Foucault and Leo Strauss: he shares with the Strauss the view that, as the book title suggests, philosophy is not primarily and perhaps not even ultimately concerned with assigning truth values to assertoric propositions. He shares with Foucault a ce...

    Hadot presents philosophy as "spiritual exercises" through essays on Socrates, Marcus Aurelius, and others. In addition to the exercises the book includes essays on the methods of philosophy, discussions of Socrates and Marcus Aurelius. The essay on Marcus Aurelius was enhanced by my c...

    Lucrare esen?ial? pentru iubitorii filosofiei antice. Hadot are un stil clar ?i accesibil chiar ?i pentru profani ca mine. M? bucur c? am descoperit aceast? carte deoarece m? oblig? s? recitesc to?i filosofii pre-cre?tini din noua perspectiv? pe care mi-a indicat-o Hadot. ...

    This is a good read and it cheers me up. The chapter on Socrates is particularly interesting: insights into approaches to teaching and dialogue, as well as the role of Eros as demon. And about incommunicability, language and death. Finally some ancient wisdom. I will re-read Euripides ...

    Read much of this book on a one-to-one study group with Dresden; we both enjoyed what we read, although she said that John said that he had heard Hadot was "Foucault light." Hadot is certainly simple, and one can tire of his seemingly endless search for sources and authors that match h...

    What if I was to say that, in the end, your life was nothing but a stain on the pavement? Quite likely you would be offended and retort how I dare to utter such repulsive remark. However, in my defence I would say that is exactly the point for I am a philosopher. I am not here to pleas...

    Despite his own thesis that ancient philosophy "was a mode of existing-in-the-world, which had to be practiced at each instant and the goal of which was to transform the whole of the individual's life", Hadot's book does not provide much information on the ancient philosophers' mode of...

    This is an excellent book. Unfortunately I only understood every third paragraph. Much of the book went over my head, but the third that I did understand made it one of the best books I've read. If you are interested in Stoicism then I would recommend giving this book a read. I w...

    Superlative examination of philosophy's evolution through practical guide to the good life, scholastic theological foil, to it's present academic, abstract form. Hadot details the spiritual exercises of Stoicism, Epicureanism, Pythagors and Plotinus; concentrating also on themes in com...

    A truly excellent book - gives a wonderful, historical sweep on the evolution of spiritual exercises from the time of antiquity to the present day. I would recommend it to the religious and non-religious alike, anyone who is interested in the big questions in life and how we might ...

    Self-help for would-be philosophers. De Botton avant-la-lettre. Rather boring and clichéd. Fails to move or provoke. Reads like the philosophical equivalent of a satisfied Socrates cultivating his garden... ...

    Un libro imprescindibile per chi ama la filosofia nella sua forma più pura, quella antica, greco-romana. Un testo imprescindibile per chi ama e vive la filosofia. ...

    There is a lot of information in here but not the kind that I was looking for... I did not enjoy the thesis defending writing style. ...

    This book changed my life. ...

    BEAUTIFUL book on philosophy. ...

    It's a faulty text for sure. It can't decide whether it wants to be a scholarly book on the early history of applied philosophy, or if it wants to be an actionable guide to influential ideas of philosophers, intended to help the reader make the most of their life. Yet at its best, i...

    Raffinata lode, divisa in ridondanti ma mai noiosi brevi saggi, della trasformazione che l?esercizio della filosofia può causare in chi costantemente vi si applica. Un profluvio di citazioni e rimandi diretti ai testi fa? immergere il lettore in quella straordinaria fonte di sagge...

    «La religione greca finisce col suo vero dio: il saggio». Chi per passione o per istintiva attrazione si è trovato (piacevolmente) costretto a studiare la filosofia (antica ma anche d'ogni d'epoca) qualora avesse l'occasione d'incontrare questa dotta raccolta di saggi sul pensiero ...

    This was a great book, though not at all like I expected. It was a series of lectures about practices in ancient philosophy (primarily Stoicism, Epicurianism, and Platonism) and how they are focused on living a good life. I expected a practical guide, but this was more of a historical ...

    Pierre Hadot is a historian of philosophy, specializing in the philosophies of Ancient Greece and Rome. In this book he describes the spiritual exercises prescribed by the various philosophical schools?Stoicism, Epicureanism, etc. These exercises were eventually taken up by the Catho...

    This was a book I first heard about from reading Ryan Holiday?s ?Ego is the Enemy,? which also led me to read Marcus Aurelius? ?Meditations,? both of which I recommend. This book, however, was remarkably astute and engaging. While it can be repetitive, I think the lessons a...

    Hadot is a historian of ancient philosophy writing. Here he takes a look at philosophy's evolution. Today, philosophy is viewed as a mostly theoretical topic, while for the ancients it was a true way of life. He also considers Christianity and its ties to philosophy. Overall, I found i...