The The Present Alone is Our Happiness, Second Edition: Conversations with Jeannie Carlier and Arnold I. Davidson / Edition 2

The The Present Alone is Our Happiness, Second Edition: Conversations with Jeannie Carlier and Arnold I. Davidson / Edition 2

by Pierre Hadot
     
 

ISBN-10: 0804775435

ISBN-13: 9780804775434

Pub. Date: 03/14/2011

Publisher: Stanford University Press

One of the most influential historians of ancient philosophy of the past half-century, Pierre Hadot was adept at using ancient philosophers to illuminate the relevance of their ideas to contemporary life. This new edition of The Present Alone is Our Happiness, which has been significantly revised and expanded to include two previously untranslated essays, is

Overview

One of the most influential historians of ancient philosophy of the past half-century, Pierre Hadot was adept at using ancient philosophers to illuminate the relevance of their ideas to contemporary life. This new edition of The Present Alone is Our Happiness, which has been significantly revised and expanded to include two previously untranslated essays, is an ideal introduction to some of Hadot's more scholarly work. In it, we discover that to be an Epicurean is not merely to think like one; it is to adopt a way of living where limiting desires is the condition for happiness. Being an Aristotelian, similarly, is to choose a life that involves contemplation, and being a Cynic is to follow Diogenes in his refusal of quotidian convention and the mentality of ordinary people. If so many ancient philosophers founded schools, Hadot explains, it was precisely because they were proposing how to live life on a daily basis. We learn here that the history of philosophy has been something more than just that of a discourse. The founding texts of Greek philosophy, after all, were notes taken from oral exercises undertaken in concrete circumstances and contexts, most often a dialogue between students and specific interlocutors who meant to shed light on their students' real existence. The immense contribution of this book, which also traces Hadot's own personal itinerary in a touching manner, is to remind us, through direct language and numerous examples, what the theoretical aspect of philosophy often masks: its vital and existential dimensions.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804775434
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Publication date:
03/14/2011
Series:
Cultural Memory in the Present Series
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
1,191,779
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

1 Tied to the Apron Strings of the Church 1

2 Researcher, Teacher, Philosopher 30

3 Philosophical Discourse 52

4 Interpretation, Objectivity, and Nonsense 61

5 Unitary Experience and Philosophical Life 75

6 Philosophical Discourse as Spiritual Exercise 87

7 Philosophy as Life and as Quest for Wisdom 98

8 From Socrates to Foucault. A Long Tradition 121

9 Unacceptable? 145

10 The Present Alone Is Our Happiness 162

Postface 177

Notes 183

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