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  1. I'm afraid that everyone who is interested in philosophy will offer you their own original set of books for the basic level. I suggest you a combined method:
    1. Read in full some of the classic texts:” Metaphysics ” by Aristotle,” The Hunt for Wisdom ” by Nicholas of Cusa,” Experiments ” by Montaigne,” Principles of Philosophy ” by Descartes,” Philosophical Principles of Integral Knowledge ” by Vladimir Solovyov,” Lectures on the History of Philosophy “by Hegel,” On the Beginning of Philosophy “by Feuerbach,” Theses on Feuerbach “by Marx,” What is Philosophy “by Ortega y Gasset,” Development of Philosophy ” by Schlegel.
    2. Simultaneously study Bertrand Russell's “History of Western Philosophy” as an overview work.
    3. When you have gained enough skills and will be well-versed in what you have read, you will receive a bonus reading: Plato's Phaedo and Kant's Lectures on Ethics.
    And that's it, you'll understand the basics of philosophy enough to pass this ticket in the 5-year exam as a non-core student. And this is already a very strong level for modern Russia.

  2. Philosophy is the science of the meaning of life. Before we talk about “meaning”, we need to understand what is “life”?

    And to do this, I need to study physics, chemistry, algebra and many other sciences, but clearly not humanities.

    It's like asking a blonde woman why a car is driving and being told, ” Well, because there's a driver behind the wheel.”

  3. If you are interested in philosophy, and not the history of philosophy (they are often confused, although the difference between them is the same as, for example, between physics and the history of physics), then it would be appropriate to turn not to ancient, but to more modern authors. Thomas Nagel's book ” What Does It All Mean?”, in which the main philosophical questions and the most popular answers to them are analyzed in an accessible form, I would call it ideal for a first acquaintance with philosophy. Also, university textbooks on philosophy, for example – “Philosophy” by Panin and Alekseev, will not be superfluous. You can also watch the video of the philosophaq project.en, the section “Philosophy for bachelors” is designed for students of non-philosophical areas, which is just right for a basic introduction. The history of philosophy has already been answered below, and it should not be ignored in any case, since this is in any case a basic erudition, always useful.

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