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The Inner Citadel: The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius [Hardcover]

By Pierre Hadot (Author)
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Pages   368
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.54" Width: 6.43" Height: 1.18"
Weight:   1.3 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Aug 25, 1998
Publisher   Harvard University Press
ISBN  0674461711  
EAN  9780674461710  

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"The "Meditations" of Marcus Aurelius" are treasured today--as they have been over the centuries--as an inexhaustible source of wisdom. And as one of the three most important expressions of Stoicism, this is an essential text for everyone interested in ancient religion and philosophy. Yet the clarity and ease of the work's style are deceptive. Pierre Hadot, eminent historian of ancient thought, uncovers new levels of meaning and expands our understanding of its underlying philosophy.

Written by the Roman emperor for his own private guidance and self-admonition, the "Meditations" set forth principles for living a good and just life. Hadot probes Marcus Aurelius's guidelines and convictions and discerns the hitherto unperceived conceptual system that grounds them. Abundantly quoting the "Meditations" to illustrate his analysis, the author allows Marcus Aurelius to speak directly to the reader. And Hadot unfolds for us the philosophical context of the "Meditations," commenting on the philosophers Marcus Aurelius read and giving special attention to the teachings of Epictetus, whose disciple he was.

The soul, the guiding principle within us, is in Marcus Aurelius's Stoic philosophy an inviolable stronghold of freedom, the "inner citadel." This spirited and engaging study of his thought offers a fresh picture of the fascinating philosopher-emperor, a fuller understanding of the tradition and doctrines of Stoicism, and rich insight on the culture of the Roman empire in the second century. Pierre Hadot has been working on Marcus Aurelius for more than twenty years; in this book he distills his analysis and conclusions with extraordinary lucidity for the general reader.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Pierre Hadot is Professor of the History of Hellenistic and Roman Thought at the College de France. He studied philosophy at the Sorbonne from 1942 to 1946, later becoming first a researcher and then director of studies at the Ecole Practique des Hautes Etudes in Paris. He is the author of several landmark essays, collected together in Exercices Spirituels et Philosophie Antique (Second Edition, 1987).

Pierre Hadot has an academic affiliation as follows - Coll?ge de France.

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Best Review and Explanation of Meditations and Aurelius  Mar 22, 2008
Just finished Hadot's The Inner Citadel; and am astounded at Hadot's insights and depth of analysis. It leads me to understand Aurelius, his Meditations, and Stoicism. This provides a broader understanding of the context of the times as well as the contents of Aurelius' searching to be that "good man". Such is the unversal search of all.
A Great Book About a Great Book   Aug 18, 2007
Until I read this marvelous book, I regarded the "Meditations" of Marcus Aurelius as somber reflections on life by a wise and sensitive observer -- but not as much more. "The Inner Citadel" shows that the "Meditations" were really spiritual exercises shaped by a coherent Stoic philosophy, and intended to entrench a Stoic outlook in Marcus Aurelius' soul. The book connects Marcus Aurelius to other Stoic thinkers such as Seneca and Epictetus, and shows that Stoicism was both a sophisticated ethical system and an appealing form of non-supernatural piety. Anyone who enjoyed the "Meditations" will love "The Inner Citadel." It's a thoughtful and eye-opening book. Six stars.
Informative and practical  Jun 16, 2007
This is a very insightful work into the Stoic philosophy of Marcus Aurelius - both informative and practical.
Nice analysis of the Meditations  Oct 15, 2000
Hadot manages an academically rigorous analysis of the _Meditations_ while also bringing out the vibrancy and robust spirituality which must have accompanied the ancient philosophies. Where most secondary sources for the Stoics focus upon dry-as-dust technical logistics (which the ancients universally decried), Hadot brings to the foreground the true purpose of ancient meditation techniques, and provides readers some hints of what it might have been like to study Stoicism as a life-philosophy instead of merely an academic curiosity. The book also provides a wonderful synopsis of Epictetus' teaching and style, which strongly influenced M.A. A fine companion with Hadot's _Philosophy As a Way of Life_.

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