Ideas from 'Philosophy as a way of life' by Pierre Hadot [1987], by Theme Structure

[found in 'Philosophy as a Way of Life' by Hadot,Pierre (ed/tr Davidson,Arnold I.) [Blackwell 1995,0-631-18033-8]].

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1. Philosophy / D. Nature of Philosophy / 6. Hopes for Philosophy
It is no longer possible to be a sage, but we can practice the exercise of wisdom
                        Full Idea: Personally I firmly believe, perhaps naively, that it is possible for modern man to live, not as a sage (sophos) - most of the ancients did not hold this to be possible - but as a practitioner of the ever-fragile exercise of wisdom.
                        From: Pierre Hadot (Philosophy as a way of life [1987], 7)
                        A reaction: It seems to me quite plausible that the philosophical life might yet become a widespread ideal, even though philosophers seem to still be sheltering from storms two thousand years after Plato gave us that image.
2. Reason / A. Nature of Reason / 2. Logos
The logos represents a demand for universal rationality
                        Full Idea: The logos represents a demand for universal rationality.
                        From: Pierre Hadot (Philosophy as a way of life [1987], 3.3)
                        A reaction: That is at one end of the spectrum. At the other, in parts of 'Theaetetus', it is just a polite request to be given a few reasons, instead of a splattering of hopes and prejudices.
22. Metaethics / B. The Good / 3. Pleasure / b. Types of pleasure
The pleasure of existing is the only genuine pleasure
                        Full Idea: For epicureans, the only genuine pleasure there is is the pleasure of existing.
                        From: Pierre Hadot (Philosophy as a way of life [1987], 3.1)
                        A reaction: I don't know Hadot's source for this claim, but it is a nice idea, which I shall endeavour to incorporate into my own attitude to daily living. I'm not quite clear, though, why the pleasure of music is not a 'genuine' one.