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Pierre Hadot (1922-2010) was Professor Emeritus at the Collge de France, where he held the Chair of the History of Hellenistic and Roman Thought. Most of his major works have been translated into English, including Philosophy as a Way of Life (1995), What is Ancient Philosophy? (2004), and The Veil show more of Isis (2004). Arnold I. Davidson is Robert O. Anderson Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago and Professor of the History of Political Philosophy at the University of Pisa. He has written widely on contemporary French philosophy, is the English language series editor of Michel Foucault's courses at the Collge de France, and is the author of The Emergence of Sexuality (2001). Jeannie Carlier is Professor at the cole des Hautes tudes en Sciences Sociales. She has published essays on philosophy and religious practices in late antiquity and is specialist in Neoplatonism. show less

Works by Pierre Hadot

What Is Ancient Philosophy? (1995) 509 copies
Eloge de Socrate (1998) 20 copies
Manual para la vida feliz (2015) 11 copies

Associated Works

Enchiridion (0125) — Editor, some editions — 3,026 copies
Traité 38 (VI, 7) (1988) — Traduction, some editions — 7 copies


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Usually when I read philosophy books I spend time taking copious notes. However, I loved this book so much that I didn't have to take so many notes. This book will be like an old friend, and I will always return to it.
Clarissa_ | 2 other reviews | May 11, 2021 |
Solid book, author details extensive structure and themes in MA Meditations. Relates influences of other Stoic authors well, and the precursor influences on MA, esp the mysterious Epictetus.

I read this on a pdf that I downloaded off FB, wish the book was cheaper to buy $30 ish. A must have for any Stoic.

Goes in to quite a bit of detail, not for the casual reader. Solid on the source Greek words for translation. Equally solid breakdown on all 12 books of Meditations. Fascinating
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delta351 | 2 other reviews | Jan 13, 2018 |
Plotinus is one of the most intriguing voices of the classical world. A thinker in the vein of St. John of the Cross, Rumi, and Simone Weil, he's an example of what Aldous Huxley called the "perennial philosophy," the universal thread that winds through all mystical thinking. Plotinus emphasizes the qualities of gentleness, contemplation, and solitude as paths to higher levels of consciousness. These traits, which seem so different from the ideals of Stoicism, Epicureanism, and other better known branches of Greek philosophy, formed the basis of Neoplatonism, which influenced philosophers in both the Christian and Islamic tradition.

Pierre Hadot's brief book provides a useful summary of Plotinus' ideas and serves as an introduction to his Enneads, which can be a formidable text.
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le.vert.galant | 3 other reviews | Jan 26, 2015 |


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Arnold I. Davidson Contributor, Editor & Introduction
Jeannie Carlier Contributor
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