- Philosophy as a Way of Life, Oxford, Blackwells, 1995.
. a history of spiritual exercices from Socrates to Foucault;
. a discussion on different conceptions of philosophy, their relation with the theory and practice of spiritual exercises;
. a provocation that leads us to ask the question of what it means to philosophize today.
- Exercices spirituels et philosophie antique. Paris, Etudes augustiniennes, 1981.
"(...)Self control is fundamentally being attentive to oneself: an unrelaxing vigilance for the Stoics, the renunciation of unnecessary desires for the Epicureans.(...)"
"In all schools, for various reasons, philosophy will be especially a meditation upon death and an attentive concentration on the present moment in order to enjoy it or live it in full counsciousness.(...)"
"In matters of philosophical teaching, writing is only an aid to memory, a last resort that will never replace the living word."
Pierre HADOT, Philosophy as a way of life: prodigious historical scholarship, rigorous philosophical argumentation, an human bridge from ancient philosophy to the 21st century homo technologicus.
WHAT IS A PHILOSOPHICAL LIFE?