The Cave and the Light: Plato Versus Aristotle, and the Struggle for the Soul of Western Civilization

Author: Arthur Herman
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by szemy2   2019-05-13
I have been consuming philosophy/philosophical themed content for a while, but I am looking to make my overview of philosophical discourse more structured. I need a well-planned learning path. The aim is not for me to become a professional philosopher, but to have an overall understanding that is deep enough to be useful. Naturally, as there is no set outcome, the journey should be preferably enjoyable :)

Stuff I have read/listened and enjoyed a lot:

- [PODCAST] Philosophize This http://philosophizethis.org/

- [BOOK] The Cave and the Light, Arthur Herman https://www.amazon.com/Cave-Light-Aristotle-Struggle-Civilization/dp/0553385666

- [BOOK] Platon: Apology | Sophist | Symposium

- [MOOC] Introduction to Philosophy: God, Knowledge and Consciousness https://www.edx.org/course/introduction-philosophy-god-knowledge-mitx-24-00x-2 <- this was great in structure, but there was no clear continuation

- [BLOG] Philosophy Bro https://www.philosophybro.com/ <- explains concepts clearly

- [BOOK] Camus: The Myth of Sisyphus | The Stranger

- [BOOK] The Logic of Scientific Discovery, Karl Popper <- loved the clarity

- these came into my mind

What I didn't enjoy:

- [BOOK] I tried reading Schelling's Philosophical Inquiries into the Essence of Human Freedom (got it as a present: someone thought I was patient/smart enough to read it, guess they were wrong) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philosophical_Inquiries_into_the_Essence_of_Human_Freedom

- I tried reading Kirkegaard, super depressing.

- Wittgenstein is the kind of philosopher who I really really want to understand, but the style of writing is so difficult I would need much more training to be able to follow it.

I enjoy Metaphysics, Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Mind and some parts of Ethics.

Do any of you have a good learning path?

I appreciate any input!