What place discourse, what role rigorous argumentation? Against the standard image of Hadot's conception of philosophy as a way of life

Sharpe, Matthew J 2016, What place discourse, what role rigorous argumentation? Against the standard image of Hadot's conception of philosophy as a way of life, Pli: the Warwick journal of philosophy, vol. 2016, pp. 25-52.

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Title What place discourse, what role rigorous argumentation? Against the standard image of Hadot's conception of philosophy as a way of life
Formatted title What place discourse, what role rigorous argumentation? Against the Standard Image of Hadot's Concpetion of Philosophy as a Way of Life
Author(s) Sharpe, Matthew JORCID iD for Sharpe, Matthew J orcid.org/0000-0002-8165-5775
Journal name Pli: the Warwick journal of philosophy
Volume number 2016
Start page 25
End page 52
Total pages 30
Publisher University of Warwick Department of Philosophy
Place of publication Warwick, Eng.
Publication date 2016-07-28
ISSN 1367-3769
Keyword(s) Pierre Hadot
Philosophy as a Way of Life
Spiritual Exercises
Argumentation in philosophy
Summary After an introduction situating the piece in light of debates surrounding Hadot et al's work on the history of philosophy, Part I of what follows lays out, as briefly as possible, the 'standard view' of Hadot promoted by the texts that have been translated hitherto, and which has attracted Cooper, Nussbaum et al’s criticisms about misrepresenting--or dismissing-the place of rational argument in philosophy 'comme manière de vivre'. In Part II, will we see how several of Hadot’s as-yet-untranslated pieces, led by 'La Philosophie Antique: Une Éthique ou une Pratique?', indicate his own much more qualified perspectives about the place of discourse in ancient philosophy conceived as a way of life. To argue that philosophy included the paranoetic prescription of imaginative, mnemic, and even somatic exercises to rehape subjects' beliefs, habits, and desires is not to deny that these exercises were justified rationally, or based in rigorous theoretical accounts of the human being and its place in the cosmos.
Language eng
Field of Research 220207 History and Philosophy of the Humanities
Socio Economic Objective 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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