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The Present Alone is Our Happiness: Conversations with Jeannie Carlier and Arnold I. Davidson


reviewed by Daniel Hendrickson - February 24, 2009

coverTitle: The Present Alone is Our Happiness: Conversations with Jeannie Carlier and Arnold I. Davidson
Author(s): Pierre Hadot
Publisher: Stanford University Press, Stanford, CA
ISBN: 0804748365, Pages: 216, Year: 2008
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Philosophy took a wrong turn.  Knowing where it was to begin with, what it then offered, and where it ended up illuminates Pierre Hadot’s lament that philosophy, now, is in the wrong place.  If your own experience of “Philosophy 101” way back when was just shy of miserable, disconnected from the daily or generally incoherent – gridlocked, for instance, in self-serving terms – here, in The Present Alone Is Our Happiness: Conversations with Jeannie Cartier and Arnold I. Davidson, a good-souled man – Hadot himself – winks.  He seems to say, ‘Here’s what happened, and here’s why philosophy really is for you.’  And if you are a teacher or a pedagogue, it’s for you all the more. In an earlier book, Hadot, the subject of interest in this current book, looks back to a multiple-nominated and Oscar-awarded film of the 1989 season.  He reminds us of Robin Williams’ character, a boarding... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: February 24, 2009
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15575, Date Accessed: 10/22/2019 1:13:22 PM

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  • Daniel Hendrickson
    Teachers College, Columbia University
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    DANIEL HENDRICKSON, MA, MDIV, is a doctoral candidate in the Philosophy and Education program at Teachers College, Columbia University and an adjunct professor of philosophy at Fordham University. He has taught philosophy at Creighton University in Omaha, NE, and in East Africa, at the Salvatorian Institute of Philosophy and Theology, Morogoro, TZ. A member of the Jesuits, his interests range from ideals of the early Italian Renaissance to higher education in sub-Sahara Africa.
 
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