Jacob asked in Arts & HumanitiesPhilosophy · 5 years ago

can someone help me with this philosophy stuff?

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  • 5 years ago

    If you want to find out if you are cut out for philosophy, read what I recommend. I always recommend an essential set of 2 books to read, called The Great Ideas of the Western World. (Doesn't the title give you a hint?) The books are also called the Syntopicon. You can look them up in the library computer either way.

    You can only get the Syntopicon in a library because it's part of a $2000 set of 66 books; or I got mine used, cheap, at a book store. (The 2 books, not the big set! I got mine for $5 each. )

    Those two books will give you literally hundreds of more 'must-read' choices. They are arranged by alphabetical subjects (102 of them), not by the philosophers names. The chapters are short--about 12 pages--but you will be fascinated beyond belief by things men said that you never knew.

    The best way to learn 'real philosophy' is to step back and take a grand, wide view that quickly outlines a topic. Otherwise you might start with Plato (for an example) but not catch the connection between his "Forms" and Aristotle's "essene" or Kant's Noumena. So you read the Syntopicon and the connection is made for you.

    What if you wanted to read Plato's Republic? You'll get a better understanding of his ideas after reading the Syntopicon. His ideas of government can be found in the chapters Revolution, Monarchy, Oligarchy, Opposition, Citizen, Democracy, Government, and others, right along side comments by other philosophers that puts it all into perspective.

    Also I like these sites for beginners:

    http://www.philosophypages.com/index.htm

    http://www.philosophybasics.com/index.ht...

    http://www.importanceofphilosophy.com/

    This is the Wikipedia page about the Syntopicon

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Syntopico...

  • 5 years ago

    You've been here since 2012 and you don't understand it yet?

    I can't help you. The love of wisdom maybe it is that? The quest for knowledge perhaps it's that? Reading old texts from others and taking it as absolute truth....could be that.

    What is love?

    What is wisdom?

    Who is Sophia?

    Nobody knows.

    That's philosophy maybe?

  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

    A good guide is Tom Morris' "Philosophy for Dummies."

  • Naguru
    Lv 7
    5 years ago

    Yes. I will send "that someone" to you. It will not be a problem for me. You may like to seek necessary clarifications from that someone for all your genuine doubts. Because that someone daily comes to my house just for gossiping with me. When that someone comes today, I will surely divert that someone to your house. Be always optimistic. Don't worry.

    Source(s): compiled.
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  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

    If you are seeking a new and different explanation of the truth that makes sense, search for TRUTH CONTEST in Google and click the 1st result, then click on THE PRESENT and read what it says. This is truth you can check.

  • 5 years ago

    Just smile.

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