In a series of conversations with Arnold I. Davidson and Jeannie Carlier, Pierre Hadot, Professor Emeritus at the Collège de France, and one of the most notable influences on Michel Focault’s later thought, reveals the keys to his personal philosophy. Beginning with his reflections on ancient philosophy, Hadot reveals a way of practicing philosophy in which the act of philosophizing does not consist of answering abstract questions but in concretely improving our way of living. The interview format allows the reader to easily come to grips with Hadot’s ideas.
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Pierre Hadot was a French philosopher and historian of philosophy specializing in ancient philosophy. He was among the first French authors to introduce Ludwig Wittgenstein’s thought into France, and his views on philosophy as a way of life influenced Michel Foucault. Jeannie Carlier is a professor at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris. She has published essays on philosophy and religious practices in late antiquity and is a specialist in Neoplatonism. Arnold I. Davidson is the Robert O. Anderson Distinguished Service Professor in the departments of philosophy, comparative literature, and Romance languages and literatures, as well as in the Committee on the Conceptual and Historical Studies of Science and the Divinity School, at the University of Chicago. He is the European editor of the journal Critical Inquiry and is also a director of the France-Chicago Center. He lives in Chicago.
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