How to not be dun darn thick anymore?
Starts with the greeks. Most modern thought begins with these guys.
Plato’s Republic is widely acknowledged as one of the most influential works in the history of philosophy. Presented in the form of a dialogue between Socrates and three different interlocutors, it is an inquiry into the notion of a perfect community and the ideal individual within it. During the conversation other questions are raised: what is goodness; what is reality; what is knowledge; what is the purpose of education? With remarkable lucidity and deft use of allegory, Plato arrives at a depiction of a state bound by harmony and ruled by ‘philosopher kings’.
He did have funny notions on the soul composed of the elements and plenty of antique ideas to do with women and the like…but enjoy the mind of another. this is where it all started.
Warning his utopia is achievable but highly dull in my opinion.
But his dialogues of Socrates are a true joy or anywhere Socrates is mentioned.
The Metaphysics presents Aristotle’s mature rejection of both the Platonic theory that what we perceive is just a pale reflection of reality and the hard-headed view that all processes are ultimately material. He argued instead that the reality or substance of things lies in their concrete forms, and in so doing he probed some of the deepest questions of philosophy: What is existence? How is change possible? And are there certain things that must exist for anything else to exist at all? The seminal notions discussed in The Metaphysics — of ‘substance’ and associated concepts of matter and form, essence and accident, potentiality and actuality — have had a profound and enduring influence, and laid the foundations for one of the central branches of Western philosophy.
He runs a little bit counter to Plato. Have a peruse and see whee your mind takes you.
There is a shit tonne inbetween. Particularly the papacy- the popes, the clergies the…