What Is Ancient Philosophy?
Buy it from $31.37
30 day, 100% satisfaction guarantee
If an item you ordered from TextbookRush does not meet your expectations due to an error on our part, simply fill out a return request and then return it by mail within 30 days of ordering it for a full refund of item cost.
Learn more about our returns policy
Description: A magisterial mappa mundi of the terrain that Pierre Hadot has so productively worked for decades, this ambitious work revises our view of ancient philosophy--and in doing so, proposes that we change the way we see philosophy itself. Hadot takes ancient philosophy out of its customary realm of names, dates, and arid abstractions and plants it squarely in the thick of life. Through a meticulous historical reading, he shows how the various schools, trends, and ideas of ancient Greek and Roman philosophy all tended toward one goal: to provide a means for achieving happiness in this life, by transforming the individual's mode of perceiving and being in the world. Most pressing for Hadot is the question of how the ancients conceived of philosophy. He argues in great detail, systematically covering the ideas of the earliest Greek thinkers, Hellenistic philosophy, and late antiquity, that ancient philosophers were concerned not just to develop philosophical theories, but to practice philosophy as a way of life-a way of life to be suggested, illuminated, and justified by their philosophical "discourse." For the ancients, philosophical theory and the philosophical way of life were inseparably linked. What Is Ancient Philosophy? also explains why this connection broke down, most conspicuously in the case of academic, professional philosophers, especially under the influence of Christianity. Finally, Hadot turns to the question of whether and how this connection might be reestablished. Even as it brings ancient thoughts and thinkers to life, this invigorating work provides direction for those who wish to improve their lives by means of genuine philosophical thought.
Rush Rewards U
You have reached 400 XP and carrot coins. That is the daily max!
Limited time offer:
Get the first one free!
All the information you need in one place! Each Study Brief is a summary of one specific subject; facts, figures, and explanations to help you learn faster.
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 3/15/2004
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Pierre Hadot was Professor Emeritus, CollÃ¨ge de France. His books include Philosophy as a Way of Life and Plotinus.
|The Platonic Definition of "Philosopher" and Its Antecedents|
|Philosophy before Philosophy|
|The Inception of the Idea of "Doing Philosophy"|
|The Figure of Socrates|
|The Definition of "Philosopher" in Plato's Symposium|
|Philosophy as a Way of Life|
|Plato and the Academy|
|Aristotle and His School|
|The Hellenistic Schools|
|Philosophical Schools in the Imperial Period|
|Philosophy and Philosophical Discourse|
|Interruption and Continuity: The Middle Ages and Modern Times|
|Christianity as a Revealed Philosophy|
|Eclipses and Recurrences of the Ancient Concept of Philosophy|
|Questions and Perspectives|
|Quotations of Ancient Texts|