Pierre Hadot

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Pierre Hadot (Paris, 1922) is a French philosopher, specialized in Ancient philosophy (in particular neo-platonism). He was director at the EHESS from 1964 to 1986, and was named professor at the Collège de France in 1982 where he held the Chair of History in Greek and Roman Thought - chaire d'histoire de la pensée hellénistique et romaine. He retired from this position to became professeur honoraire at the Collège in 1991.

He was one of the first authors to introduce Wittgenstein's thought into France. Pierre Hadot is also famous for his analysis on the conception of philosophy during Greek Antiquity. Hadot identified and analysed the "Spiritual Exercises" used in Ancient philosophy (preceding Michel Foucault's interest for such practices displayed in the second and third volume of History of Sexuality). By 'spiritual exercises' Hadot means, "practices ... intended to effect a modification and a transformation in the subject who practice them. The philosophy teacher's discourse could be presented in such a way that the disciple, as auditor, reader, or interlocutor, could make spiritual progress and transform himself [sic] within."[1] Hadot shows that the key to understanding the original philosophical impulse is to be found in Socrates. What characterises Socratic therapy above all is the importance given to living contact between human beings. Hadot's recurring theme is that philosophers should be judged by how they live their lives, what they do, not what they say; that philosophy is best pursued in real conversation and not through written texts and lectures: that philosophy, as it is taught in universities today, is for the most part a distortion of its original, therapeutic impulse. He brings these concerns together in 'What is Ancient Philosophy?' (op cit).

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  1. ^ Hadot, Pierre (2002). What is ancient philosophy?. Harvard University Press, p6. 

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(Greek Translations are not included in this list)

  • Porphyre et Victorinus. Paris, Institut d'Etudes augustiniennes, 1968. (Collection des études augustiniennes. Série antiquité ; 32-33).
  • Exercices spirituels et philosophie antique. Paris, Etudes augustiniennes, 1981. (Collection des études augustiniennes. Série antiquité ; 88). ISBN 2-85121-039-4.
  • La citadelle intérieure. Introduction aux Pensées de Marc Aurèle. Paris, Fayard, 1992. ISBN 2-213-02984-9.
  • Qu'est-ce que la philosophie antique ?. Paris, Gallimard, 1995. (Folio essais ; 280). ISBN 2-07-032760-4.
  • Plotin ou la simplicité du regard ; 4e éd. Paris, Gallimard, 1997. (Folio esais ; 302). ISBN 2-07-032965-8.
  • Etudes de philosophie ancienne. Paris, Les Belles Lettres, 1998. (L'âne d'or ; 8). ISBN 2-251-42007-X. (recueil d'articles)
  • Marc Aurèle. Ecrits pour lui même, texte établi et traduit par Pierre Hadot, avec la collaboration de Concetta Luna, vol. 1 (general introduction and Book 1). Paris, Collection Budé, 1998. ISBN 2-251-00472-6.
  • Plotin. Porphyre. Études néoplatoniciennes. Paris, Les Belles Lettres, 1999. (L'âne d'or ; 10). ISBN 2-251-42010-X. (recueil d'articles)
  • La philosophie comme manière de vivre. Paris, Albin Michel, 2002. (Itinéraires du savoir). ISBN 2-226-12261-3.
  • Exercices spirituels et philosophie antique, nouvelle éd. Paris, Albin Michel, 2002. (Bibliothèque de l'évolution de l'humanité). ISBN 2-226-13485-9.
  • Le voile d'Isis. Essai sur l'histoire de l'idée de nature. Paris, Gallimard, 2004. (NRF essais). ISBN 2-07-073088-3.
  • Wittgenstein et les limites du langage. Paris, J. Vrin, 2004. (Bibliothèque d'histoire de la philosophie). ISBN 2-7116-1704-1.
  • Apprendre à philosopher dans l'antiquité. L'enseignement du Manuel d'Epictète et son commentaire néoplatonicien (avec Ilsetraut Hadot). Paris, LGF, 2004. (Le livre de poche ; 603). ISBN 2-253-10935-5.
  • Hadot, Pierre, and Michael Chase. The Veil of Isis. Cambridge: Belknap Press, 2006. ISBN 0674023161 [English translation of "Le voile d'Isis"]

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