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enjoyablethings  ·  1199 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: How can I begin the self study of Philosophy?

Some people you could read without having read from the beginning. Nietzsche, Descartes, Sartre. But if you're wanting to tackle guys like Berkeley, Heidegger, Kant or even newer guys like Saul Kripke you're going to want to go back and read Plato and read the guys from the analytic tradition like Bertrand Russle, Frege (even if he was kinda off about his ideas), Leibniz etc.

The problem is you're going encounter philosophers who use words like "idealism", "monad" and other words that may or may not seem familiar and often have different meanings than what you're used to them meaning. Reading, or at least having a good understanding of, the works these guys read to come up with those words is important.

If you're interested in philosophy I strongly recommend checking out the Partially Examined Life podcast. It's very informal, but very interesting discussions.




ao  ·  1199 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Thanks for the response! I realized I would probably need sufficient background to tackle to tougher works, which will be done in time.

Dont_call  ·  1199 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Recently graduated with a philosophy minor, and I highly recommend the site philosophybro.com when approaching the more complex works. It does a really good job of breaking down complex vocab and ideas in approachable, understandable ways. I wouldn't have understood Heidegger at all without it

enjoyablethings  ·  1199 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Philosophybro is awesome. His Wittgenstein episode with Partially Examined Life is super interesting.

ao  ·  1199 days ago  ·  link  ·  
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