Never Stop Learning. Why & How to Read about Philosophy like Base of an Edifying Personal Development

Suggested Reading: A history of western philosophy.
From pre-socratis to postModernism. By C. Stephen Evans

What is Philosophy? 

Philosophy is a committed study of truth of the world that surrounds us and the world of the divine, in other words. It is the not scientifical but structured obeservation of agents that moves the reality. Philosophy is the key to a good life and virtuous living.

Philosophy also teaches us what nature intended for us. It helps us learn how to face and overcome our fears and achieve a sense of balance and a guideline while boing away with pointless distractions and focusing on true happiness and personal realization.

After all, inner peace comes from inside, you can’t find it in the outside world focusing just of surface of things. True serenity is achieved by looking inwards and quieting the mind.

Philosophy, which teaches us how to live in accordance with nature of reality, is the handmaiden of tranquility becoming the light that illuminates the truth.

Philosophy can be also interpreted as pure awareness of life. The same awareness produces all reality, and when reality is well investigated and freed from illusion and artifices, only awareness remains, pure awareness beyond the bounds and limitations of everyday distortions. The experience of philosophers ideas is, therefore, an experience of infinite possibilities and potential.

Four Pratical Tips from Where and How to Start:

Here are four suggestions about how to face philosophic arguments and readings, where and how to start to immerge in an efficace and proper knowledge of philosophy.

Read about more Authors. Remember that sticking to one or more authors means studying his work in detail, but it doesn’t mean ignoring everyone else.

No single philosopher, no matter how great, ever divined the whole truth. To get at truth, you need to understand philosophy as a whole and meditate around the philosophical preceps observing directly the contingent reality.

Read Actively. It needs to read widely, deeply but also actively. Simply repeating what Plato, Aristotle or Seneca have to say on a given topic might be a good way for children to learn, but it’s not enough for an adult. Mature learning must be active if you want to gain a proper knowledge. Great philosophers can help but you’ll have to take leave of them as well, as you forge your own path.

Be Committed. Often philosophical readings are sense and complicated. When reading, set realistic goals. This means that while reading a page of a novel can take as little as thirty seconds, some pages in philosophy require at least ten minutes on average or even more.

Be Precise. Keep a pencil and highlighter with you and mark down what Seems to you the crucial passages: where the main thesis is started and which is, where key concepts are introduced and where key arguments or reasons are provided. Be committed also to get a sense also of the weakest points in the totality of the reading.

Author: Cristina Capucci

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