In the Inner Citadel, Hadot applies to Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations his characteristic interpretative approach: treating ancient philosophy as a “way of life” in particular one which provides its students with “spiritual exercises” to enable them to make progress towards wisdom and treating ancient philosophical texts with attention to the “forms of discourse” or constraints of genre, tradition, and audience that affected their production.
“Of all people only those are at leisure who make time for philosophy, only they truly live. Not
satisfied to merely keep good watch over their own days, they annex every age to their own. All
the harvest of the past is added to their store. Only an ingrate would fail to see that these great
architects of venerable thoughts were born for us and have designed a way of life for us.”
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