Phronesis Institute
 Philosophy as a Way of Life for Addiction Recovery

About Us:


We are a team of multidisciplinary scholar-practitioners that explores and promotes the notion of "philosophy as a way of life" for addiction recovery. 


We function under the premise that philosophy as a way of life is a compelling and legitimate recovery pathway for individuals in addiction recovery. Philosophy as a way of life is an idea can be traced back to ancient Greece where “philosophy was a mode of existing-in-the-world, which had to be practiced at each instant, and the goal of which was to transform the whole of the individual’s life” and “a method of spiritual progress which demanded a radical conversion and transformation of the individual’s way of being” (Hadot, Davidson & Chase, 1995, p. 265). More recently philosophers like Pierre Hadot and Michel Foucault, has contributed to a resurgence of interest in the Hellenistic philosophies as arts of living and of philosophy as a way of life and transformational practice. Our articulation of philosophy as a way of life is informed by the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche’s (1980) conceptualization of philosophy “as therapy,” and as an ensemble of spiritual exercises and techniques of askesis. Nietzsche’s philosophy “is a kind of eudaimonistic teaching that aims at a healing of individuals and the cultures they inhabit by way of self-perfection” (Hutter, 2006, p. 16). 




Hadot, P., Davidson, A. I., & Chase, M. (2017). Philosophy as a way of life: Spiritual exercises from Socrates to Foucault. Blackwell Publishing.

Hutter, H. (2006). Shaping the Future: Nietzsche's New Regime of the Soul and Its Ascetic Practices. Lexington Books. 

Nietzsche, F. W., In Colli, G., & In Montinari, M. (1980). Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe in 15 Bänden. Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag.