What are some good Philosophy books to read.
also, how do I become an avid book reader? I tried going to library once a week but after a while, i’d get discouraged and stop going. How do I exercise my mind of doing this. I want to get ready to start my sophomore year in college
Plato and a Platypus Go into a Bar, Cathcart and KleinA Philosophy of Universality, Omraam AivanhovPhilosophy for Dummies, Tom MorrisGenerally, reading for main ideas is more useful, important, in terms of what you’ll find helpful the day after the final exam. However, for the gpa’s sake, outlining, highlighting, and rote memorization are of course what’s normal.Other helpful books:Outliers, Malcolm GladwellSuperfreakonomics, Steven LevittThe Great Divorce, C. S. LewisUniversity of Destruction, David WheatonExpecting Adam, Martha BeckWest with the Night, Beryl MarkhamThe Intellectuals, Paul JohnsonA History of the American People, Paul JohnsonFrom Dawn to Decadence, Jacques BarzunAnd There Was Light, Jacques LusseyranAnimal Farm, George OrwellBeing George Washington, Glenn Beck
Does anybody know of any good books on the philosophy of life? Such as books on whats wrong with society today, how life was supposed to be lived, etc.Also does anybody know of any books similar to the philosophy that Chris McCandless had? (Into the Wild)basically just books on how to live a simple, detached…
Start with the fundamentals: Plato is an excellent start. Even more important than why we are here is to discover how we know what we know – or epistemology. It is not significant enough to ask what is the nature of the universe, but rather we should focus on how we know what we think we know. In “The Republic” Plato focuses on many of these kinds of issues. His allegory of the cave is the most crucial part of the book as it provides the greates metaphor to describe how we understand the world around us. Have you ever seen “The Matrix”? The philosophy of “The Matrix” is taken from this book.But since philosophy originated with the Greeks, that is the place to start. But you can’t place too much faith in Plato either, since an overdependence on his philosophies more or less led to the dark ages. Read some Aristotle as well – although his writing is compiled from the notes of his students and is a lot more dry and boring to read.If you like political philosophy, read John Locke. His First and Second Treatises of Government” provide the basis for the creation of the United States. The writings of John Locke were a tremendous influence on Thomas Jefferson, who altered Locke’s three inalienable human rights to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. Locke had originally stated that the third inalienable human right is Land.From what I know of “Into the Wild” the basic premise talks about the nature of humanity outside of civilization. The philosopher who spins circles around the “dark side” of human nature is Thomas Hobbes. He describes the nature of man as being inherently very dark, selfish, and violent, whereas John Locke surmises that the nature of humans is more benevolent.You may enjoy more contemporary books, such as “Heart of Darkness” that follows the journey of a man named Winston into the depths of the congo. It gives a rather dark portrayal of human nature, however, and has received a lot of criticism from equal rights groups because of its portrayal of blacks in Africa. But – FYI – the move “Apocalyspe Now” was based on “Heart of Darkness.”But – always keep in mind when reading anything – who is trying to push their ideas on you. I suggest going back to ancient philosophers who talk about the ills of society in their day rather than to suggest contemporary authors who will simply tell you what to think. If you know the fundamentals – what philosophers thought in the beginning of civilization – then you can reach your own conclusions of what is wrong with society/life today.Also remember – it is the journey that gives enjoyment – not the end.
Please lead me to a good reading in philosophy. I like Plato’s Five Dialogues and Epictetus’ “The Enchiridion.” I want something new. Thank you for the recommendations…
How about a good general background of the 103 most analyzed subjects in philosophy? You pick the topic, and in 8 or ten pages you have read what the best minds over the millenia have said about it. This book does not offer its own views.Angel; Animal; Aristocracy; Art; Astronomy; Beauty; Being; Cause; Chance; Change; Citizen; Constitution; Courage; Custom and Convention; Definition; Democracy; Desire; Dialectic; Duty; Education; Element; Emotion; Eternity; Evolution; Experience; Family; Fate; Form; God; Good and Evil; Government; Habit; Happiness; History; Honor; Hypothesis; Idea; Immortality; Induction; Infinity; Judgment; Justice; Knowledge; Labor; Language; Law; Liberty; Life and Death; Logic; Love; Man; Mathematics; Matter; Mechanics; Medicine; Memory and Imagination; Metaphysics; Mind; Monarchy; Nature; Necessity and Contingency; Oligarchy; One and Many; Opinion; Opposition; Philosophy; Physics; Pleasure and Pain; Poetry; Principle; Progress; Prophecy; Prudence; Punishment; Quality; Quantity; Reasoning; Relation; Religion; Revolution; Rhetoric; Same and Other; Science; Sense; Sign and Symbol; Sin; Slavery; Soul; Space; State; Temperance; Theology; Time; Truth; Tyranny; Universal and Particular; Virtue and Vice; War and Peace; Wealth; Will; Wisdom; Worldhttp://www.thegreatideas.org/newbook.htmlThen, after you get this background, you can go find what you REALLY want to read, because you will know who said what about what.
How to read philosophy.
Specfically Nietzsche or Baudrillard.I can read Schopenhauer just fine though…Nietzsche is very poetic at times and it bothers me at some points.I seem to have more trouble with their works that don’t focus on a single topic throughout the whole thing. For example, I seem to have an easier time…
1. open book full of bullshit2. fill head full of bullshit3. try to make sense of the bullshit4. be the bullshit5. im bored sorry
How to read tough books.
I have trouble reading some hard books like scholarly literature, old literature, and so on.I want to become a better reaser and be able to understand what i am reading. I feel at times I am inderstanding the idea and argument but then I get completely lost. I begin to see words I have never seen, and…
Keep a dictionary with you, probably a dictionary for the field in which you are reading (that will explain technical terms) and also a general dictionary (so for instance http://www.amazon.com/Dictionary-Sociolo… as well as http://www.amazon.com/Merriam-Websters-C… ). When you encounter a word you don’t know, or one that is being used in a way that is unfamiliar to you, look it up.It’s possible you would find it helpful to learn how to “diagram” sentences – to take it apart in a way that will shed light on how complicated ones work. I don’t have a specific book I can recommend, but there are a number out there.What worked for me when I was in your situation was to begin at the start of whatever I was reading and keep reading until I was completely lost, and then start over. Each time, a bit more would make sense, and gradually I’d end up able to understand the entire essay or chapter or whatever. Over time, I became able to understand progressively longer stretches of even new pieces. (I also got a recommended reading list from my professor, so that I was reading a lot of articles that dealt with the same important questions we were studying in class – that way each text I read helped me to understand the next a little better than I otherwise would have.)You may also be interested in taking a class in literature or in philosophy or in some other field which stressed close reading in certain classes. (I’ve known professors who work with their students to read things very closely, and who consequently can find themselves at the end of a semester before they have even finished more than 5 or 6 pages of the first book they had assigned. The expectation is that students will take the skills they’ve learned during the semester and finish the books themselves. I’m not suggesting you start with something that extreme, but you should certainly ask around to try to find someone who will stress close reading in a particular class, not just take a lit class and hope you get lucky.) Alternately, you might be able to get the department to help you find a grad student or an advanced undergraduate who could go through articles or even a whole book with you, showing you how they read for understanding.I hope there’s something useful for you in this answer and that you get a lot of really great ones. No matter what, though, keep struggling with it: learning to read difficult texts is an important part of becoming an educated person, and my experience has been that it really pays off. Good luck with it.
How to study philosophy books…
Hi guys. Lately I’ve been reading some philosophy books, and I plan to major in it in college because it intrigues so much. One thing that’s stumped me, though, is how to study it through the books I’m reading. When reading Nietzsche’s “Beyond Good And Evil” (I bought a used copy) I…
READ – From the start!The tradition is Western philosophy is a very linear dialogue. Everything is either a critique, response, reevaluation, or rebirth of a previous idea in philosophy going all the way back to the start – Thales. Nietzsche is no exception. Lots of people try to read him but totally miss the points. You CANNOT understand Nietzsche unless you understand the ideas that came before him because his entire philosophy is a critique of those previous ideas. In particular: Parmenides, Socrates, Plato, Christian Neoplatonists, Christian Medievals and Scholastics, Descartes, Kant, Hegel, and Schopenhauer. A familiarity with the Greek Tragedies, Machiavelli, Goethe, and Wagner is also required.Intro philosophy classes (which will be prerequisites to Nietzsche classes) always go in chronological order through the dialogue of western philosophy. Text books also. This textbook is a good one:http://www.amazon.com/Great-Conversation…If you want to get a head start on a Phil major, read the Platonic Dialogues. Start with the “Five Dialogues” and The Republic.
Advice on how to read philosophy books.
I am taking a grad school class that I thought was a history on the Medieval time period, but a philosophy teacher is teaching it. The first book we have to read is called The Consolation of Philosophy by Boethius and I am completely lost by what I’m reading! I’ve tried to find Spark Notes or any kind of…
Surprisingly I’ve found something helpfulhttp://www.gradesaver.com/the-consolatio…
How hard is to read Hume as your first philosophy book.
In “An inquiry concerning human understanding”.
I do not think Hume, or his inquiry concerning human understanding is difficult to read at all. He is generally very clear. Like with most philosophy texts, you need to focus and read carefully.
How do I motivate myself to read philosophy books after reading Nietzsche.
Now that he has ruined all of philosophy for me
Nietzsche is peachy and Camus can do, but Satre is smartre.(not that I don’t love Nietzsche and Camus)Actually try some Voltaire. Candide is fascinating AND it’s hilarious. Laughing out loud while contemplating philosophical issues is a lot of fun and it’s OK to have fun with philosophy.If you want to be more serious, try some Wittgenstein.
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