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Philosophy? - December 1st 2013, 02:13 AM

So I'm actually finding myself interested in philosophy. Any suggestions of what I should actually look into or be focused on when I study it? I've looked into a ton of philosophical quotes and I'm falling in love with them. But I want to take it farther than that. Any ideas of what I should do, books I should read, websites I should visit? That'd be helpful.

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Re: Philosophy? - December 1st 2013, 04:11 AM

Frankeinstein by Mary Shelley is as philosophical as it gets in humanist terms.
This novel is perhaps the most influential to me.
There's also The War of the Worlds.
And Lord of the Flies, which is so deep and ridiculous it makes me want to cry. It's alot more boring then Frankenstein and War of the Worlds though.


The Movie, Matrix as well, is very philosophical. This one is more broader then humanist terms, it touches upon existence and the universe.
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Re: Philosophy? - December 1st 2013, 04:52 AM

Try books by:
Carl Rogers, On Becoming a Person, for example
Viktor Frankl
Irvin Yalom

I'm in a master's program for counseling and these are influential people in counseling, but they may be a good place to get started and they won't be too hard to understand like some of the earlier philosophers.


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Re: Philosophy? - December 3rd 2013, 07:36 AM

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So I'm actually finding myself interested in philosophy. Any suggestions of what I should actually look into or be focused on when I study it? I've looked into a ton of philosophical quotes and I'm falling in love with them. But I want to take it farther than that. Any ideas of what I should do, books I should read, websites I should visit? That'd be helpful.

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I would read any short introduction to philosophy. Philosophy quotes are interesting, but I think you may find reading actual philosophical works rather dull. That is, when philosophers rant about a given topic. They are also VERY difficult to understand. They are by no means "easy reads."

As far as philosophers, Plato and Aristotle are musts.

My personal favorites are Soren Kierkegaard and Friedrich Nietzsche. Voltaire is also good.

I'd recommend staying away from debates over deities, like Nietzsche gets into. Stick more to the existentialist aspects of Nietzsche and Kierkegaard.

Camus has a really entertaining novella called "The Stranger." You could pick that up and read it once you understand the basic idea of existentialism. There's perhaps no better book that dives into existentialism and the philosophy of absurdism. It's legitimately entertaining, too.

Anyway, I would highly recommend anything to deal with existentialism. I feel it's a must for everyone interested in philosophy. However, I wouldn't skip Plato for anything. How can you skip the musings of Socrates?

I recommend existentialism because it reveals how relative human existence is. It teaches you to empathize with others. It helps you understand that things are gray, not black and white. It helps you find your identity, sort of.

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Re: Philosophy? - December 3rd 2013, 03:23 PM

If you had a particular topic in mind, that might be helpful to guide you in a particular direction. Philosophy can pretty much encompass most topics, so if you have a particular one in mind, like ethics, war, human rights, etc. we could probably pinpoint some authors for you. : )




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Re: Philosophy? - December 5th 2013, 04:22 AM

I'll throw Bertrand Russell into the mix, just for fun.



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