Is it worth it getting into philosophy?

Will I be able to understand the meaning of life after I become a level-100 philosopher? Where should I start? I’m thinking of first reading Copleston’s A History of Philosophy, but it’s like 4000 pages -_- but then again I’m a hikki-NEET with a lot of free time in his hand so I might as well just go for it.

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  1. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Just read Nietzsche and get over it.

    Plato's Republic is worth checking out after.

    You can live your whole life on like 10 books if you really read them.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Well, I’m just a beginner but AFAIK philosophers build upon each other, so just reading Nietzsche without any context would probably be just a waste, wouldn’t it?

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Nietzsche is not a bad starting point because he talks about others all the time and you can get a qrd of them all through his POV

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Nietzsche is not a bad starting point because he talks about others all the time and you can get a qrd of them all through his POV

        if you really want to prep yourself before nietzsche, just read the following 3 books
        >picrel
        >complete works of plato
        >world as will by schopenhauer

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      What would these 10 books be?

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        NTA but:
        Untimely Meditations
        Human, All Too Human
        Daybreak
        Gay Science
        Zarathustra
        Beyond Good and Evil
        Twilight of the Idols
        Antichrist
        Ecce Homo
        Republic

        :]

  2. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    It is true that the word “philosophy” can, in itself, be understood in quite a legitimate sense, and one which without doubt originally belonged to it, especially if it be true that Pythagoras himself was the first to use it: etymologically it denotes nothing more than “ love of wisdom ” ; it implies then, first of all, an initial disposition required for the attainment of wisdom, and, by a quite natural extension of this meaning, the quest which is born from this same disposition and which must lead to knowledge. It is therefore only a preliminary and preparatory stage, a movement, as It were, towards wisdom or a degree corresponding to an inferior state of wisdom.

  3. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >Will I be able to understand the meaning of life
    No, but you might find it. It'll help you understand the nature of life for sure. As a hikki-NEET you're in a perfect position to just understand the world through books. Read everything, history, philosophy, sciences, religion. They all complement each other.

  4. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    No. You may end up finding a meaning for your life though. If you are interested but do not know where to start the Greeks are as good a place as any. If you have a more direct interest in mind you may want to look into that more before deciding where to start.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I'm interested in Kierkegaard, but to understand him you need to read Hegel AFAIK.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >I'm interested in Kierkegaard, but to understand him you need to read Hegel AFAIK.
        Just watch Road Runner cartoons. You're Coyote. Road Runner is knowledge.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        This is the first time I have heard that one but I am not knowledgeable on Kierkegaard beyond some of his more generalized early existential ideas. Perhaps another anon can answer better but I am inclined to say based on the number of Kierkegaard posters here and the general understanding of Hegel here that is likely not the case.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        No you don't. Kirk explicitly said so. He only goes deep on Hegel in his dissertation about Socrates and irony, which is a good introduction to Hegel himself actually.

        You are better off reading Kirk first to even understand Hegel, not the opppsite.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Personally, having read Fear and Trembling and Repetition, I did just fine without reading Hegel. What he does is, he presents the argument for something and then obliterates it anyway, so you can do away with Hegel and just read Kierkegaard to get HIS ideas, which I believe are standalone and don't need much background.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        I am so sorry, I replied to the wrong post.

        I'm interested in Kierkegaard, but to understand him you need to read Hegel AFAIK.

        THIS is the guy I meant to reply to.

  5. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Copleston is a Christgay and very very biased. He devotes WAY more time to literal who medieval philosophy and philosophers than is necessary. Devotes basically an entire volume to Aquinas. Also an entire volume to literal who Jesuit philosophers like Suarez.

    Russell's history of philosophy also has problems. The early part on the Greek section is actually amazing because you can actually tell he's putting effort into it and cares about the subject matter. But once it gets into the medieval stuff, he gets bored and the rest of the book seems like a rush job. I think he only gives like 9 pages to Hegel or some shit.

    Kenny's history of philosophy is the first one that's actually balanced and will remain the gold standard for quite some time. Get those volumes OP.

  6. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >Is it worth it getting into philosophy?
    Probably, it gives you something you can do whenever, wherever*

    >Will I be able to understand the meaning of life after I become a levl-100 philosopher?
    I don't know. You will know more about the question and the answers.

    >Where should I start?
    You don't need read a 4000 page history of philosophy as an intro, that's excessive. But you can read any intro to philosophy/history of philosophy book which is decent.
    You should also read thinkers who intersect with your interest.

  7. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Marry, and you will regret it; don’t marry, you will also regret it; marry or don’t marry, you will regret it either way. Laugh at the world’s foolishness, you will regret it; weep over it, you will regret that too; laugh at the world’s foolishness or weep over it, you will regret both. Believe a woman, you will regret it; believe her not, you will also regret it… have a nice day, you will regret it; do not have a nice day, and you will regret that too; have a nice day or don’t have a nice day, you’ll regret it either way; whether you have a nice day or do not have a nice day, you will regret both. This, gentlemen, is the essence of all philosophy.
    >*Concludes philosophy and life*

  8. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    You'll understand the surface level references that anime/VN/mange love to make to philosophy and you will feel good about it. Start with any name-dropped entry level shit from Psycho Pass.

  9. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Frick no. Here's the TL;DR

    It's Christianity or relativism in the end. Only options

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