Don't Forget to Live: Goethe and the Tradition of Spiritual Exercises - The France Chicago Collection (Hardback)
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Don't Forget to Live: Goethe and the Tradition of Spiritual Exercises - The France Chicago Collection (Hardback)

(author), (translator), (foreword), (foreword)
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Hardback 200 Pages
Published: 05/04/2023
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The esteemed French philosopher Pierre Hadot’s final work, now available in English.
With a foreword by Arnold I. Davidson and Daniele Lorenzini.
 
In his final book, renowned philosopher Pierre Hadot explores Goethe’s relationship with ancient spiritual exercises—transformative acts of intellect, imagination, or will. Goethe sought both an intense experience of the present moment as well as a kind of cosmic consciousness, both of which are rooted in ancient philosophical practices. These practices shaped Goethe’s audacious contrast to the traditional maxim memento mori (Don’t forget that you will die) with the aim of transforming our ordinary consciousness. Ultimately, Hadot reveals how Goethe cultivated a deep love for life that brings to the forefront a new maxim: Don’t forget to live.

Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226497167
Number of pages: 200
Weight: 454 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 15 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

"There are few figures in Western literature whose legacies are as bound up with their work as Goethe, and Hadot’s powerful interpretation is undoubtedly an important milestone in that legacy’s history. Even apart from it many other virtues, that reason alone makes this volume a necessary addition to the libraries of Goethe scholars." - Journal of Religion

“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 Hadot’s 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 life—reinterpreting, 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

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