The Philosophical Apprentice

“Only one who devotes himself to a cause with his whole strength and soul can be a true master. For this reason mastery demands all of a person.” Albert Einstein

Archive for the month “August, 2015”

On Reading Philosophy for Pleasure

I have noticed myself procrastinating lately when the time comes to sit down and study philosophy. This is strange since there is nothing I enjoy so much as philosophy. So why then? One of the answers I think is that I have managed to turn studying philosophy into a chore. My recent obsession with developing a note taking system is a reflection of that tendency. Note taking is important but I shouldn’t read philosophy to take notes but rather read philosophy because i enjoy reading philosophy. In this vein I found this quote helpful:

No one should go unwillingly to the study of philosophy, surrendering reluctantly to its imperious claims and taking up the work as a dull and heavy duty. For philosophy is not only inescapably important for the person who seeks education and culture; it is also one of the most attractive and absorbing studies that can engage the attention of any mind.

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