Philosophy as a way of life

Stoicism and Epicureanism seem to correspond to “two opposite but inseparable poles of our inner life: tension and relaxation, duty and serenity, moral consciousness and the joy of existing.” To these poles of our inner life, we must add the experiences of Platonic love and the ascent of the soul as well as of Plotinian unity, Aristotelian contemplation, Cynic criticism of conventional values and the effort to endure every test and ordeal we face, Pyrrhonic suspension of judgment and absolute indifference. It is these experiences and ideals, more than any concepts, that are the legacy of ancient philosophy to Western civilization. — Arnold I. Davidson, Introduction to Philosophy as a Way of Life, by Pierre Hadot

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