Robert Pawlik                                                                      Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw


Volume 5, October 2023

On the occasion of the release of the French translation of Edgar Wind’s Pagan Mysteries in the
Renaissance, Pierre Hadot granted an interview. In a conversation with Jeannie Carlier, he shared his
interpretation of the book, considering it an important contribution to the understanding of the
spirit of the Renaissance. In the note, I try to demonstrate that traces of his acquaintance with
Wind’s opus vitae date back to earlier times.

Edgar Wind; Neoplatonic tradition; Pierre Hadot; Plotinus; Renaissance



Hadot, Pierre, Exercices spirituels et philosophie antique (Paris: Études Augustiniennes, 1981).

Hadot, Pierre, Marius Victorinus: recherches sur sa vie et ses œuvres (Paris: Études Augustiniennes, 1971).

Hadot, Pierre, “Métaphysique et Images. Entretien avec Pierre Hadot”, Préfaces: les idées et les sciences dans la bibliographie de la France 0 (June 1992), 33–37 [Edgar Wind, “Metaphysics and Images”, translated by Emma Mandley, The Edgar Wind Journal, 5 (2023), pp. 65–70].

Hadot, Pierre, La philosophie comme manière de vivre. Entretiens avec Jeannie Carlier et Arnold I. Davidson (Paris: Albin Michel, 2001) [Pierre Hadot, The Present Alone is Our Happiness. Conversations with Jeannie Carlier and Arnold I. Davidson, translated by Marc Djaballah (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2009)].

Hadot, Pierre, Plotin ou la simplicité du regard (Paris: Pion, 1963). [Pierre Hadot, Plotinus or the Simplicity of Vision, translated by Michael Chase (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1993)].

Hadot, Pierre, Plotin. Traité 38 (VI, 7). Introduction, traduction, commentaire et notes (Paris: Cerf, 1988).

Hadot, Pierre, Plotin. Traité 50 (III, 5). Introduction, traduction, commentaire et notes (Paris: Cerf, 1990).

Hadot, Pierre, Plotin. Traité 9 (VI, 9). Introduction, traduction, commentaire et notes (Paris: Cerf, 1994).

Hadot, Pierre, Porphyre et Victorinus (Paris: Études Augustiniennes, 1968).

Hadot, Pierre, “Sur les citations de Plotin,” in Edgar Wind, Mystères païens de la Renaissance (Paris: Gallimard 1992), pp. 303–304.

Hadot, Pierre, Le voile d’Isis – Essai sur l’histoire de l’idée de Nature (Paris: Gallimard, 2004) [Pierre Hadot, The Veil of Isis. An Essay on the History of the Idea of Nature, translated by Michael Chase (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2006)].

Klibansky, Raymond, “Edgar Wind: itinéraire d’un philosophe historien d’art. Entretien avec Raymond Klibansky”, Préfaces: les idées et les sciences dans la bibliographie de la France (1992), pp. 27–32.

Wind, Edgar, Heidnische Mysterien in der Renaissance, translated by Christa Münstermann (Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp Verlag, 1981).

Wind, Edgar, Mystères païens de la Renaissance, translated by Pierre-Emmanuel Dauzat (Paris: Gallimard, 1992).

Wind, Edgar, Pagan Mysteries in the Renaissance (Penguin Books, 1967).


The Edgar Wind Journal 5: 60-70, 2023
DOI: 10.53245/EWJ-000026
Copyright: © 2023 R. Pawlik. This is an open access, peer-reviewed article published by Bernardino Branca