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This is our little ‘Alexandrian Library’ where we preserve and share ancient and modern wisdom & teachings that have been experienced in their practical and humanistic virtues in our everyday work. Welcome to discover these gems.

Please click on our former blog in order to gain access to our articles between 2010 and End of 2019.

 

Musonius Rufus*: “On Practicing Philosophy”

Musonius Rufus*: “On Practicing Philosophy”

10/05/2020
‘He gave lectures like this to his companions as he vigorously trained them in their practice of philosophy: virtue, he said, is not just theoretical knowledge, it is also practical, like both medical and musical. The doctor and the musician must each not only learn the principles of his own skill but be trained to […]
Exercises Of The Body and Exercises Of The Soul

Exercises Of The Body and Exercises Of The Soul

07/05/2020
Image Source: Flickr – Dimitris Kamaras Translation from the French: Nicolas Lecerf ‘Even though many texts allude to it, there is no systematic treatise codifying, in an exhaustive manner, a theory and a technic (askesis) of the philosophical exercise. One can guess that these practices were part before everything else of an oral teaching and […]
Fernando Pessoa - On How to Understand Symbols

Fernando Pessoa – On How to Understand Symbols

01/05/2020
Dyas Chimica Tripartita-1625 * * * “To understand symbols and symbolic rituals, demands the interpreter to possess five qualities or conditions, without them the symbols will be dead for him and him a dead for them. * The first one is sympathy, not the first one according to time, but the first one according to […]
Aim and Wish, by Annie Lou Staveley

Aim and Wish, by Annie Lou Staveley

23/04/2020
  To Michael Smyth, In Memoriam  * This is a re-post of Madame Staveley’s wonderful pamphlet, originally published on March 8, 2013 in our former blog. Its subject may be of interest and use for the trying times we are now living. * People often speak of the difficulties they have in formulating their aims. […]
In Praise Of Wholeness - Or “Where Are The Polymaths Gone?”

In Praise Of Wholeness – Or “Where Are The Polymaths Gone?”

22/04/2020
‘The School of Athens’ by Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino. * Written by Nicolas LecerfAfterwords by Nalan Özkan Lecerf It is a cultural and thus political answer: Our society is nurturing specialists and not polymaths, as they don’t fit in the social design devoted to industry and production that has been our framework for centuries. All […]
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