Ilsetraut Hadot’s Seneca: spiritual direction and the transformation of the other

Sharpe, Matthew 2018, Ilsetraut Hadot’s Seneca: spiritual direction and the transformation of the other. In Dennis, M. and Werkhoven, S. (ed), Ethics and self-cultivation: historical and contemporary perspectives, Routledge, New York, N.Y., pp.104-123.

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Title Ilsetraut Hadot’s Seneca: spiritual direction and the transformation of the other
Author(s) Sharpe, MatthewORCID iD for Sharpe, Matthew orcid.org/0000-0002-8165-5775
Title of book Ethics and self-cultivation: historical and contemporary perspectives
Editor(s) Dennis, M.
Werkhoven, S.
Publication date 2018
Series Routledge studies in ethics and moral theory
Chapter number 6
Total chapters 12
Start page 104
End page 123
Total pages 20
Publisher Routledge
Place of Publication New York, N.Y.
Keyword(s) Ilsetraut Hadot
philosophy as a way of life
philosophy as self-cultivation
philosophical pedagogy
Summary This chapter will track the structure of Hadot’s Sénèque. In the next section, I will examine her foundational reading of Seneca’s Epistles 94 and 95 in the Letters to Lucilius. For Hadot, these epistles are vital for understanding Seneca’s larger philosophical self-conception as a ‘spiritual director’: a self-conception which licenses not simply argument, but also philosophically considered and rhetorically crafted counsel, rebuke, and exhortation. In Section 3 I will reconstruct Hadot’s ensuing claims concerning the origins of philosophical spiritual direction in classical antiquity. Section 4 examines Hadot’s detailed portrait of Seneca as a philosophical spiritual director. Here I pay especial attention to the details Sénèque adds to other accountsof ancient philosophical cultivation: in particular, a sophisticated diagnostic machinery concerning the kinds of ethical and psychological maladies different people can suffer, which is matched to a set of subtle pedagogical and therapeutic strategies, illustrated most fully in the Letters to Lucilius. In the final section, I draw in the threads, offering some brief remarks underscoring the significance of this remarkable book.
ISBN 9781138104372
Language eng
Field of Research 220210 History of Philosophy
Socio Economic Objective 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
HERDC Research category B1 Book chapter
Grant ID DP140101981
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