Pursuits of Wisdom: Six Ways of Life in Ancient Philosophy from Socrates to Plotinus
Department of History and Political Science
Metapsychology Online Reviews
There have been a number of books published in recent years having to do with the “self-help” nature of many ancient philosophical texts. Most of these books have been light on philosophical analysis and heavy on advice for contemporary readers. The landscape changed significantly with the publication of Pierre Hadot’s Philosophy as a Way of Life (Blackwell, 1995) and What is Ancient Philosophy? (Harvard, 2002). Hadot’s srious philosophical books represented a different approach to understanding ancient texts. Instead of understanding them as nothing more than the nascent discussions of issues that contemporary philosophers find interesting, Hadot’s claim was that many ancient texts were written with the intention of offering people a specific way to live a life.
Mulvey, B. (2014). Pursuits of Wisdom: Six Ways of Life in Ancient Philosophy from Socrates to Plotinus. Metapsychology Online Reviews, 18 (23) Retrieved from https://nsuworks.nova.edu/shss_facarticles/706