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There was a man named Bacon? I envy him....
Tragically, he died while trying to consume himself.
I had pizza and salad for dinner. It's a dichotomy.
Isn't the better question here, Is anyone not good at philosophy? I mean all we do on this board every day is talk about hypotheticals and why high school kids will pick Michigan, how our team will do before the games are played, and justify to ourselves why we didn't want recruits who went elsewhere. This is the ultimate in practical philosophy right here.
I took a couple of philosophy classes in college, and though I don't remember Venn Diagrams, the thing about philosophy is that there really isn't one right answer. As long as you draw a conclusion, and explain how you got there, you will probably be alright.
For instance, Does God Exist?
There is no way to prove this, so there is no wrong answer. You just have to lay out your argument and support it
Reviving this thread because I just ordered Plato and Aristotle's complete works. I've had several dialogues and treatises, but it'll be nice to have all the works. Thinking of starting with Plato's "Euthyphro" or Aristotle's "Organon".
I'm sure you've already read Plato's Republic and Symposium. Definitely read Aristotle's On Politics if you haven't already.
"The North shall rise again." General Meyer
Yes, I've read the Republic, have Allan Bloom's translation sitting here next to me on my desk. I've been meaning to read the Symposium for awhile now, and I have been waiting on "On Politics" until I had a chance at reading the "The Constitution of Athens" first.
This summer will be my first summer away from school in a long time (start grad school in fall), so I hope to get lots of reading done. Would like to read as much Aristotle/Plato as possible, but also want to read "Ulysses" and "Gravity's Rainbow". Both massive works that will take time to digest.
I took two courses in philosophy in undergrad, and that professor was honestly the coolest professor I had in my four years. Definitely some fascinating topics within philosophy that I'd like to learn more about at some point.
Ha, it sounds like your entire summer has been accounted for. Don't burn yourself out before you start your first class of grad school, though. You'll have plenty to read for years to come. What will you be studying in grad school? Poli Sci?
Political Theory and Philosophy
Great focus. That will be an awesome next few years. Ten years from now you'll be teaching "Morals and Ethics in the Michigan-Ohio State Rivalry." and "The 3-4, 4-3 Dialectic".
Given your focus, I can't believe you've come this far without reading On Politics, though it sounds like the deficiency will be remedied soon enough. Its amazing just how insightful Aristotle was on such a wide variety of topics, but I consider On Politics his best work.
I've read Homer, Plato, Aristophanes, Machiavelli, Rousseau, Bacon, Locke, Marx, Tocqueville, Jefferson, the Federalists, the Anti-Federalists, Nietzsche, Oliver Holmes, etc. That's obviously missing some heavyweights like Aristotle, Hobbes, Montesquieu, etc. but it's what I've been taught. Haven't had time really to venture outside of course material.
I wasn't trying to insult your readings to date. Different professors prefer different materials and there's a nearly infinite amount of texts out there to read for sure, so sometimes a classic will slip through the cracks. Don't worry about missing Hobbes, though. You can understand the whole State of Peace / State of War and Natural Laws concepts in an hour tops then compare them with Locke, and I don't recall much remarkable beyond that. I'm sure you've read many great works that I haven't. Best of luck with grad school regardless. It should be a lot of fun.
I didn't take it as an insult. It's just fun to type out authors that I've read and feel smart.
I haven't touched any of these texts in over 15 years so I just get excited thinking about all the wonderful ideas and arguments / counterarguments over the course of history. I could have gone to grad school but ended up selling out to the man, instead. I think you'll be very pleased with your decision to press on years from now.
Bump. If there are any students here that need a good starter source on the subject, I've linked one below. Also just a fun site to read through.
An open access resource hosted by the University of Tennessee at Martin.
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