This semester, I have been teaching a class at Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design titled "Philosophy, Mindfulness, and Life". "Mindfulness" in that title has a much more broad scope than just contemporary mindfulness movement teachings and techniques. The class is actually much more focused on what has come in recent years to be referred to a "Philosophy as a Way of Life".
That formulation is most closely associated with the French 20th century philosopher Pierre Hadot, but as I've discussed elsewhere, it is a way of understanding and doing philosophy that has been around since antiquity and continued on down to the present, developing through a number of traditions and movements (and Hadot would agree with this).
Earlier in the semester, I created eight new core concept videos specifically on Philosophy as a way of life for my students enrolled in that class. I knew they would also be of interest to a much broader audience, so I'm bringing them all together here in one place.
Five of them are on chapter 3 of Pierre Hadot's book Philosophy As A Way Of Life, entitled "Spiritual Exercises".
- Spiritual Exercises & Philosophy
- Types of Spiritual Exercises
- Dialogue and Spiritual Exercise
- Death, Life, and Perspective
- Philosophical Writing & Spiritual Exercises
Three of them are on John Sellars' excellent article, "What Is Philosophy As A Way Of Life".
- Scientific vs Humanistic Philosophy
- Philosophy of Life As A Third Way
- Three Views on Philosophy as Way of Life