Why Philosophical Inquiry Should be a Regular Habit

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The self-help industry is obsessed with habits. There are thousands of books and online articles telling you how you can create regular exercise habits, diet habits, habits to be successful, habits to become rich, habits to become popular. And yet, as far as I can tell, there are no articles about forming a habit of philosophical inquiry. We might ask, as Socrates does of the Athenian jury that sentenced him to death: “Good Sir, you are an Athenian, a citizen of the greatest city with the greatest reputation for both …

The Nine Best Introductory Books on Philosophy

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This page contains a list of the best introductory books on philosophy. Just to be clear, there is no single best book on philosophy. The best book for you will depend on your preferred learning style and the amount of time that you want to spend reading about philosophy. An 800-page scholarly overview is unlikely to be best for someone looking for a short beginner-friendly introduction, for example. This list aims to take this ambiguity into account by featuring books that will appeal to a variety of learning styles. Secondly, …

Best Quotes on Philosophy

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This page contains a collection of quotes on philosophy, arranged in roughly chronological order. Details about the author, book, chapter number, and translation are included where applicable. Socrates: Philosophy begins in wonder. – Plato, Thaetetus, 155B, trans. Benjamin Jowett The activity of philosophic wisdom is admittedly the pleasantest of virtuous activities; at all events the pursuit of it is thought to offer pleasures marvellous for their purity and their enduringness, and it is to be expected that those who know will pass their time more pleasantly than those who inquire. …

The Value of Philosophy: A Collection of Videos, Articles, and Podcasts

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This page contains a collection of resources on the value of philosophy. It is aimed at anyone who wants to learn about the benefits of studying philosophy and those who want to convince others that philosophy is worth studying. When looking for information on a new topic, some people are looking for a short beginner-friendly overview, others prefer in-depth and more academic articles. Some people prefer to watch videos, others prefer listening to podcasts. This collection of resources aims to make learning about philosophy as easy as possible by allowing …

On the Value of Philosophy – a short reading from Russell’s ‘The Problems of Philosophy’

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Introduction Bertrand Russell (1872-1970) was a British philosopher and social critic best known for his work in mathematical logic and as a popularizer of philosophy. In this passage from The Problems of Philosophy, Russell acknowledges that many men think that philosophy is useless because it is unable to produce definite answers to the questions it addresses. He argues that the value of philosophy is to be “sought largely in its very uncertainty”. Those who do not study philosophy are “imprisoned by the prejudices” of the society in which they were …