Self-transformation: Body, Mind, and Spirit


  • William Konchak University of Iceland



hermeneutics, philosophy, philosophy as a way of life, phenomenology, transcendentalism


In this paper, I explore a conception of self-transformation that attempts to provide a holistic account covering a range of body, mind, and spirit.  I draw upon Kym Maclaren’s exploration of the role of the body inspired by the work of Maurice Merleau-Ponty (body); the hermeneutics of Hans-Georg Gadamer (mind [language]); and Ralph Waldo Emerson’s transcendentalism (spirit).  I present the case that each of these approaches develops important aspects of self-transformation and can be seen as complementary. I explore this in relation to philosophy as a practical activity, drawing upon Pierre Hadot’s perspective of philosophy as a way of life.


Author Biography

William Konchak, University of Iceland

Faculty of History and Philosophy Doctoral Student


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