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What Is Ancient Philosophy? / Edition 1

What Is Ancient Philosophy? / Edition 1

by Pierre Hadot, Michael Chase
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ISBN-13: 9780674013735
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 02/16/2004
Edition description: First Harvard University Paperback Editi
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 542,042
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

Pierre Hadot was Professor Emeritus at the Collège de France. His books include Philosophy as a Way of Life and Plotinus.

Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgments
  • Translator’s Note
  • Introduction
  • I. The Platonic Definition of “Philosopher” and Its Antecedents

    • 1. Philosophy before Philosophy
    • 2. The Inception of the Idea of “Doing Philosophy”
    • 3. The Figure of Socrates
    • 4. The Definition of “Philosopher” in Plato’s Symposium

  • II. Philosophy as a Way of Life

    • 5. Plato and the Academy
    • 6. Aristotle and His School
    • 7. The Hellenistic Schools
    • 8. Philosophical Schools in the Imperial Period
    • 9. Philosophy and Philosophical Discourse

  • III. Interruption and Continuity: The Middle Ages and Modern Times

    • 10. Christianity as a Revealed Philosophy
    • 11. Eclipses and Recurrences of the Ancient Concept of Philosophy
    • 12. Questions and Perspectives

  • Notes
  • Quotations of Ancient Texts
  • Selected Bibliography
  • Chronology
  • Index

What People are Saying About This

Michael Frede

Hadot's What Is Ancient Philosophy? is a wonderful book. It strives to persuade us to revise our view of philosophy--to think of philosophy, as the ancients did, as crucially involving a philosophical way of life.
Michael Frede, Oxford University

Brian Stock

In its sweep and clarity of presentation, I would compare this book with some of the great syntheses of an earlier generation-for instance, Werner Jaeger's Paideia. At the center of the study is the strikingly original notion of the spiritual exercise, which Professor Hadot here and elsewhere shows to lie at the heart of Greek Hellenistic thinking about man, morality, and the universe.
Brian Stock, University of Toronto

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