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Death of Pierre Hadot

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"It was with sadness that we learned of the passing of Pierre Hadot, one of France's most extraordinary intellectual figures and a many-time HUP author. There have been obituaries in the popular press, but in the service of furthering this memory and elaborating our understanding, we asked Hadot's one-time student and long-time collaborator Michael Chase, currently of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in Paris, to provide us with a more in-depth look at Hadot's remarkable intellectual trajectory. Below please find Part I, in which Chase details that trajectory, from Hadot's early interest in philology and mysticism to his later engagement with Marcus Aurelius and the idea of "spiritual exercise." Tomorrow we'll publish Part II, in which Chase shares his memories of a man who practiced what he preached, a man who "like Plotinus ... was always available to himself, but above all to others...

...Pierre Hadot, emeritus Professor at the Collège de France and Director of Studies at the École Pratique des Hautes Etudes, died on the night of April 24-25 at the age of 88."



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