The Inner Citadel: The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius

The Inner Citadel: The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius

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by Pierre Hadot
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674461711

ISBN-13: 9780674461710

Pub. Date: 08/28/1998

Publisher: Harvard University Press

The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius are treasured today--as they have been over the centuries--as an inexhaustible source of wisdom. And as one of the three most important expressions of Stoicism, this is an essential text for everyone interested in ancient religion and philosophy. Yet the clarity and ease of the work's style are deceptive. Pierre Hadot, eminent…  See more details below

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The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius are treasured today--as they have been over the centuries--as an inexhaustible source of wisdom. And as one of the three most important expressions of Stoicism, this is an essential text for everyone interested in ancient religion and philosophy. Yet the clarity and ease of the work's style are deceptive. Pierre Hadot, eminent historian of ancient thought, uncovers new levels of meaning and expands our understanding of its underlying philosophy.

Written by the Roman emperor for his own private guidance and self-admonition, the Meditations set forth principles for living a good and just life. Hadot probes Marcus Aurelius's guidelines and convictions and discerns the hitherto unperceived conceptual system that grounds them. Abundantly quoting the Meditations to illustrate his analysis, the author allows Marcus Aurelius to speak directly to the reader. And Hadot unfolds for us the philosophical context of the Meditations, commenting on the philosophers Marcus Aurelius read and giving special attention to the teachings of Epictetus, whose disciple he was.

The soul, the guiding principle within us, is in Marcus Aurelius's Stoic philosophy an inviolable stronghold of freedom, the "inner citadel." This spirited and engaging study of his thought offers a fresh picture of the fascinating philosopher-emperor, a fuller understanding of the tradition and doctrines of Stoicism, and rich insight on the culture of the Roman empire in the second century. Pierre Hadot has been working on Marcus Aurelius for more than twenty years; in this book he distills his analysis and conclusions with extraordinary lucidity for the general reader.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674461710
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
08/28/1998
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.40(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Note on Transliteration and Quotation
Translator's Note
1The Emperor-Philosopher1
2A First Glimpse of the Meditations21
3The Meditations as Spiritual Exercises35
4The Philosopher-Slave and the Emperor-Philosopher54
5The Stoicism of Epictetus73
6The Inner Citadel, or the Discipline of Assent101
7The Discipline of Desire, or Amor Fati128
8The Discipline of Action, or Action in the Service of Mankind183
9Virtue and Joy232
10Marcus Aurelius in His Meditations243
Conclusion307
Abbreviations315
Notes317
Index339

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