The Irony of Practice: Hypocrisy

In a previous post, I pointed out the use of Socratic irony in Pierre Hadot’s writings on philosophy as a way of life involving spiritual exercises. The idea is that “Hadot’s practice of irony reveals the irony of practice.” To put it simply, practice is always hypocritical.

The Practice of Irony in Pierre Hadot

Pierre Hadot is well-known for his idea that philosophy is not a merely professional endeavor or simply a system of ideas but is a way of living, a practice for which one must engage in “exercise” or “training” (askēsis). That point is evident throughout Hadot’s writings, but it is especially emphasized in Philosophy as aContinue reading “The Practice of Irony in Pierre Hadot”

How Spirituality Makes Us Stupid, Selfish, Unhappy

“When someone tells me that they are not really religious, but that they are a very spiritual person, I want to punch their face. Hard.” (1) I just finished reading David Webster’s short and fun book Dispirited: How Contemporary Spirituality Makes us Stupid, Selfish and Unhappy (Zero Books, 2012).  I was happy to read aContinue reading “How Spirituality Makes Us Stupid, Selfish, Unhappy”

Philosophy as a Way of Life: Blogging, Vlogging, and More

I’m always inspired by Keith Wayne Brown, a friend, teacher, and philosopher.  He follows the philosophy of Karl Jaspers, and like Jaspers, he reminds me of what is best in philosophy.  He reminds me of what it means to philosophize as a way of life.  Keith has a wonderful blog, Reason and Existenz, and he recently beganContinue reading “Philosophy as a Way of Life: Blogging, Vlogging, and More”