2021-02Thematic Section
Reclaiming Time Aesthetically: Hadot, Spiritual Exercises and Gardening


Pierre Hadot’s legacy is a vision of ancient philosophy not only as a system of abstract concepts and logical procedures but as a practical philosophical methodology. A key element of this interpretation is consideration of ancient philosophical practice as a series of spiritual exercises to improve one’s own life. The present paper aims to show, more humbly, that by highlighting the aesthetic dimension of the practice of gardening we can consider it part of the set of philosophically charged spiritual exercises. Gardening supports the improvement of one’s own experience of the world through the meeting of different temporal experiences. The appropriation of such different temporal nuances in stark contrast to the accelerated pace of modern life, or periods of tiresome repetition, makes it possible to question one’s own rhythm in the world. In other words, I defend the thesis that horticulture can be considered therapeutic also from a philosophical perspective.


Pierre Hadot, spiritual exercise, nature, experience of time, aesthetic experience

How to cite:

Favara-Kurkowski, Monika. “Reclaiming Time Aesthetically: Hadot, Spiritual Exercises and Gardening.” Eidos. A Journal for Philosophy of Culture 5, no. 2 (2021):  7-21. https://doi.org/10.14394/eidos.jpc.2021.0014.


Monika Favara-Kurkowski
Faculty of Philosophy, University of Warsaw
Krakowskie Przedmieście 3, 00-927 Warsaw, Poland


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