Goethe and the Tradition of Spiritual Exercises
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To read Pierre Hadot sparks enormous joy. * Charlie Hebdo, on the French edition * No one is more qualified to describe this spiritual line of descent than Pierre Hadot * Le Figaro, on the French edition * A very beautiful book that celebrates action, the duty to serve, and joy. * Valeurs Actuelles, on the French edition * This deeply personal work, by one of the greatest of French classical philosophers, featuring one of his major inspirations, the great German author and philosopher Goethe, excellently translated by Michael Chase, might just change your life. It is the culmination of Hadots long-term concern with philosophy as a way of life, and constitutes a significant expansion and deepening of this theme. -- John Dillon, Trinity College Dublin Renowned for reviving the classical idea of philosophy as an art of living, Pierre Hadot combines his expertise in Greco-Roman thought with an extensive study of Goethe to produce a fascinating book, rich in both erudition and relevance for the conduct of lifereinterpreting, with compelling nuance and philosophical sophistication, the deeper, more mindful meaning of the Horatian maxim carpe diem. What you learn from this book can change your life. -- Richard Shusterman, Florida Atlantic University "Pointing to similarities to the ancient philosophers Goethe knew intimately, Hadot observes that Goethe owes a debt to them but surpasses them in his emphasis on remembering to live a joyfully fulfilling life. Beautifully translated." -- E. G. Wickersham * Choice *
Pierre Hadot (19222010) was professor of the history of Hellenistic and Roman thought at the Collge de France. He was the author of many books, including Plotinus, or The Simplicity of Vision. Michael Chase is a senior researcher at the Centre National de la Recherche ScientifiqueCentre Jean Ppin and adjunct professor of Greek and Roman studies at the University of Victoria. Arnold I. Davidson is Distinguished Professor of Humanities at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem as well as the Robert O. Anderson Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus at the University of Chicago. Daniele Lorenzini is associate professor of philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania.
Translators Introduction Preface 1. The Present Is the Only Goddess I Adore Faust and Helen The Present, the Trivial, and the Ideal Idyllic Arcadia Unconscious Health or Conquered Serenity? The Philosophical Experience of the Present The Tradition of Ancient Philosophy in Goethe The Present, the Instant, and Being-There in Goethe 2. The View from Above and the Cosmic Journey The Instant and the View from Above The View from Above in Antiquity: Peaks and Flight of the Imagination The Philosophical Meaning of the View from Above among Ancient Philosophers The Medieval and Modern Tradition The Various Forms of the View from Above in Goethe The View from Above after Goethe Aeronauts and Cosmonauts 3. The Wings of Hope: The Urworte Daimn, Tukh Daimn, Tukh, Eros, Anank, and Elpis Human Destiny Autobiographical Aspects? The Caduceus Elpis, Hope 4. The Yes to Life and the World Great Is the Joy of Being-There (Freude des Daseins) Greater Still Is the Joy One Feels in Existence Itself (Freude am Dasein) The Yes to Becoming and the Terrifying Goethe and Nietzsche Conclusion Translators Note Notes Bibliography Index