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Hadot's (The Veil of Isis) early education for and experience in the Roman Catholic priesthood provided him with considerable exposure to philosophical traditions from ancient Greece through Thomas's systematic work and the moderns, including Kant and Kierkegaard. After leaving the priesthood, Hadot continued both his academic and his spiritual life, taking interest in Gabriel Marcel's Christian existentialism and Maurice Merleau-Ponty's phenomenology. His greatest affection continues to be for the ancients, especially Socrates and Plotinus. In the conversations collected here, Hadot reveals himself as having a thoughtful, good-humored intellect, still curious about cultural events as well as the philosophical world. Carlier (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales) pulls more personal thought and memories from him with her questions, while Davidson (The Emergence of Sexuality) acts more as a coacademic interested in exposing his own knowledge as well as Hadot's thoughts. The volume is highly appealing in tone and engaging in content, serving as a prism of 20th-century formal education in philosophy. Interested lay readers and undergraduates will enjoy, as well as find edification in, Hadot's latest.