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Knowledge Ecology

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In my dissertation summary, I linked the works of Evan Thompson, Pierre Hadot, Peter Sloterdijk, and Michel Foucault in terms of each philosopher’s emphasis on what we could call skillsof perception and action, each suggesting a view of philosophy as practice. In Pierre Hadot’s workWhat is Ancient Philosophy?, for example, we finda view of the history of philosophy as a history of practices of self-transformation and self-overcoming (up to and including considerations of just who the”self” is that is overcome).

Despite the implications of histitle, Hadot sees the emphasis on practice as also prevalent in modern philosophical figures, including Descartes, Kant, and Montaigne. In principle, we couldtake a practice view of anytradition of philosophical thought, as many of Hadot’s commentators have done. This is largely the same approach that Peter Sloterdijk takes. InThe Art of Philosophy,Sloterdijk introduces us to his method…

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