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What introduced you to philosophy? posted 13 Jul 2004, 01:07 by Grantaire, Moderator

A certain class? A book? A friend, family member, etc? Just wondering how everyone got started in learning about the field of philosophy. For myself, I was browsing around in the political science section of my school library, and adjoining it was the philosophy/psychology section, curious, I went and looked at some of the books. There weren't many books, but I checked out a book entitled [i:1ooapace]A Passion For Wisdom[/i:1ooapace]. I don't recall the authors, but it was excellent. It was only around 120-130 pages long, but it had a lot of information (tiny tiny print), about the history of philosophy, pretty much every major philosopher, the roots of basic philosophic and religious beliefs, and the influences of philosophers on eachother. It was fascinating, and I enjoyed every page of it. That was my introduction to philosophy, and I discovered that I really love philosophy (as in I would like to major or minor in it in college). I have read various other philosophy books, from background ones, such as Durant's [i:1ooapace]The Story of Philosophy[/i:1ooapace], to the actual books of the philosophers. Well, that's my story. How about all of you? view post

posted 13 Jul 2004, 03:07 by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I like to read and I like to debate (argue). Philosophy just seems natural; something you can talk a great deal about, argue about, read about, and never solve (or if you do, there's always something else). view post

posted 13 Jul 2004, 03:07 by Grantaire, Moderator

I know, philosophizing comes naturally, but did anything introduce you for example to the history of philosophy, the various philosophers, etc? view post

posted 13 Jul 2004, 04:07 by Taliesin, Peralogue

As I think I mentioned somewhere around here (or maybe not) I took Intro to Philosophy last semester, in which we used a textbook (Sober's Core Questions in Philosophy) which presented and examined a number of concepts in the different areas of philosophy as well as including some of the source texts from philosophers throughout the centuries. I'd like to do some more reading about philosophy, but it's not as high on my list as some of my other interests, though it does tie in with them from time to time. view post

posted 15 Jul 2004, 01:07 by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Well, I am an extremely ignorant philosopher. I actually know very little about the topic from an academic perspective. (That should hopefully change next year.) view post

posted 16 Jul 2004, 00:07 by saintjon, Auditor

Well, I read the Art of War, The Book of Five Rings and the Tao of Pooh if that worth anything :shock: Seriously, I'll sit and ponder and discuss and whatnot but in the academic philosophical world I'm pretty lost. Guess this will be my lurkin' forum around here! view post

posted 17 Jul 2004, 13:07 by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Introduction to philosphy, not really had one, I have read books such as Sun Tzu's art of war which is quite an informing novel, however the only other philosphy that Ive been exposed to is ones that have appeared in either novels Ive read or programmes that Ive watched such as Sharpes constant quoting of Voltaire. But thats it really. I tend to regard philosphy as lifes experience put into words by the individual. view post

posted 09 Feb 2005, 16:02 by Annabel, Peralogue

A handful of really great teachers but most notably Joseph Cropsey (I was lucky to catch him before he retired) and the late, great Allan Bloom. Also some engaging and intelligent classmates. view post

posted 11 Feb 2005, 07:02 by Anonymous, Subdidact

Started in my early teens wondering if other people might see colors differently than me and everyone just agreed on terms. At some point reading Nietzsche was the "in" thing, other germans to a greater extent relative to their public obscurity. Someone threw buddhism my way and that counts... or will, when we add it up. A dash of the Upanishads... some zen and a sprinkling of pulp sci-future rhetoric... "Illuminatii" and all that. Then the damn frenchmen... Baudrillard and Virillio, Foucault, Lyotard... the whole semiotexte crew. Bah. The field of philosphy? I don't know. Nevermind. Starting over with Aristotle. Be back someday. view post

posted 29 Mar 2005, 02:03 by tellner, Peralogue

Jacob Bronowski's "The Ascent of Man". view post

posted 30 Mar 2005, 16:03 by Alric, Auditor

I think everyone who has ever been encouraged to think for themselves has been submerged in philosophy from that point on. However, there are always way points along our journey. My first formal introduction came by way of a discussion of Jung and eventually to the archetypes of human thought and expression as expressed in mythology. My first focused experience in philosophy was my first college course... an honors philosophy class for freshmen. I studied primarily Thomas Hume and Plato... an odd combination for a class. But, it was the nature of thought, self-knowledge and intelligence. It was quite difficult. view post

posted 21 Jun 2005, 23:06 by zap21, Commoner

Well since I read lots of books it was mainly books and a few friends who took philosophy in school. view post

posted 22 Jun 2005, 00:06 by Scilvenas, Auditor

Saw [url=]this[/url:33br6qj2] in the bargain bin at the UNR bookstore when I was about 17. Next it was probably [url=]this[/url:33br6qj2] which made me realize how universal some of the ideas were. view post

posted 22 Jun 2005, 12:06 by Deerow, Auditor

I took a philosophy course hoping it would be a breeze and bump up my average. I, fortunately actually, got the tougher of the two teachers and he actually cared about philosophy. That got me interested more than anything. Haven't really followed up on it in recent years though. view post

posted 22 Jun 2005, 23:06 by Tol h'Eddes, Auditor

[url=]This book[/url:345op64f]... Just kidding. I think I was born with a reflective nature. I always loved to ponder on history and society. On world events. On why. Philosophy is my way of gaining knowledge and wisdom from everything that surrounds me. view post

posted 27 Jul 2005, 02:07 by Fell, Peralogue

[url=]Prometheus Rising[/url:2pw5np2n] by ol' Robert Anton Wilson did it for me and a few of my friends. Like a metaphysical kick to the junk!— [img:2pw5np2n][/img:2pw5np2n] view post

posted 27 Jul 2005, 15:07 by target, Auditor

Um, studying Classics and doing Religious Studies did it for me. We looked at philosophy and ethics and it really caught my interest, unfortunately i didnt carry it on. I am also very taken with theology, and would love to learn more about that. view post

posted 07 Apr 2006, 02:04 by Brent, Commoner

I took a humanities course in high school that first formally introduced me to Nietszche, Descartes, Schopenhauer, etc. This course was largely driven by selctions from a Will Durant volume entitled "The Story of Philosophy." The rest of my exposure was largely driven by a BA curriculum in philosophy which required the typical survey work. Most of my seminars focused on pragmatic type philosophy from the 20th century, particularly Karl Popper. view post

posted 23 Apr 2006, 03:04 by vercint, Peralogue

I read this book called Sophie's World by a chap called Jostein Gaardner. It is a novel, but it told the history of philosophy in the process... well, the shortned version, but anyway it was quite amazing. It sort of got me thinking about things, and everything made a lot less sense after that. It was as if someone pulled the carpet from under my feet, and there was nothing at all underneath it. Reading the novel now, it doesn't seem so fantastic anymore, but I was only thirteen at the time and it was pretty powerful stuff for an unsuspecting little child... I'm not sure my parents knew what they were doing to me when they got that book. view post

Me posted 25 Apr 2006, 03:04 by MrJims, Commoner

I think I am just a philosopher. It wasn't a book or show or teacher or anything like that. It was my planet. The people, animals, things. All the relationships seen and unseen. The nature of self, of god, of interaction with the living and the inanimate. To me everything begs the question why? I was raised Roman Catholic, only did high school in Ottawa, Ontario. Made pizza's for the last decade of so. I'm twenty seven now and my thirst has not abated. I've read a bit, greek philosphers, eastern mystisim (Confucius, Lao Te Ze, Buddism) but mostly it's my own thoughts combined with experience and a cruel honesty. view post

Logic! posted 09 Aug 2006, 09:08 by Sedulo, Candidate

What got me interested in Philosophy was a logic class I took in my sophomore year as an undergrad. I thought it was beautiful despite my mediocre aptitude. The teacher was brilliant and demanding yet merciful. I took another class from him (The Philosophy of Film) which was a seminar style and it was just amazing and quite difficult, many people dropped the class. I unfortunately didn't have enough time to take anymore classes from him which was too bad as he taught a very tempting class in Mysticism the quarter I graduated and at that time I was focused on my major rather than indulging myself with another philosophy class. Geez these threads are old. Is this site practically abandoned? Too bad for me. view post

posted 10 Aug 2006, 06:08 by Iago, Candidate

When I was young(er) my parents hadn't yet accepted that I was unparentable and were still trying to find me the "help" I needed to be well adjusted. After all the IQ testing and other bullshit, the first shrink they sent me to realized that the only way to distract me from my mean-sprited-mischief was to have me read books and then talk about them. One of the first books that I had to read (from his sessions) was Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, and that pretty much switched me on. Of course, he betrayed me in the end, and I had to undergo a long period of fooling a lot of smart, skeptical people about me (think Sauron and the time he spent in Numenor...), but I still credit him with turning the lightbulb on in my head. Someday, when my hunger for money subsides a bit (so I can stop working dangerous jobs overseas), I plan on paying him a little visit. People with my specific brand of bad wiring are never really "cured", and we have long memories. view post

posted 10 Jan 2007, 04:01 by avatar_of_existence, Peralogue

Ever since me as a child I've been wondering about this whole exitence thing. It was always interesting that not only could I think about existence and exist at the same time, but I could talk about it with other people while we all simultaneously existed. My interest turned from religion to philosophy (as modes of explanation of existence) in college. A series of intense proffesors and classes (Religoin and Meaning of Existence, World Religion, and finally Philosophy) led me to water, which I drank in enthusastic gulps. view post

posted 10 Jan 2007, 19:01 by Buckethead, Peralogue

while attending art school i was quite obviously submerged in cultural theory which i was quite resistant to at first, however the more academic classes i took the more the philosophical and conceptual my studio work became. by the time i finished i was thouroughly enjoying the hours of reading and discussion i was having with friends, professors and classmates... especially over a few pints. i truely feel sorry for those in life who don't ever get the time to really stop, learn and think about things for a while. i truely feel as though i went through another stage of mental puberty at that time of my life. though i think that perhaps the most important thing about philosophy is that it teaches you how to learn with an open mind and that you will never be done learning. like life the information you intake is all just part of a journey with no destination. view post

posted 09 Nov 2007, 21:11 by Starrs, Commoner

I got into philosophy through my discussions with my cousin when we were younger. We'd stay up and argue over stuff like perception and world issues when we were only 13 or 14. Over time I've learned to see things from different perspectives. Having a course in high school about morality and ethics is interesting because it's giving me the chance to explore the beliefs of philosophers such as Aristotle, Kant, and Levinas as they describe their search for "the good". view post

posted 10 Jan 2008, 07:01 by Uroborian Circles, Candidate

An article by Nietzsche as an introduction to a chapter of another book. From "On The Genealogy Of Morals" in regard to the the anti-Christ and anti-nihilist. The victor over god and nothingness. Very poetic, that piece. My poor Catholic sensibilities... view post

Re: What introduced you to philosophy? posted 31 Jul 2008, 06:07 by Cironian, Peralogue

I really have no idea, but the most likely contributer would have to be that on my mom's side of the family, it's common to have huge debates around the dinner table (never getting personal or violent, mind), and these often branched into thinking both deep and broad. On my dad's side, (and with my dad especially,) engages in plays on word an wit are extremely common, which has contributed to my habit of disecting meaning from words and so on. If that makes any sense. Anyways, I think I just got into philosophy because I was influenced in the past by my family. That, and I have an addiction to complex and deep thinking. view post


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