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  1. I myself became interested in philosophy at the age of 17, after reading Plato's Phaedo. Now it's hard to imagine if any other hobby could have done me more good. I can say with absolute certainty that in your situation there is only one way out — a plentiful and focused reading of philosophical works. Among young people, a digestible and simple existentialism is most likely to take root, but it is still not worth starting with it. It is also not worth starting works that are overloaded with terminology, such as Spinoza's. Works written in the simple form of dialogues are best suited for starting: many dialogues of Plato (necessarily “Apology”, “Crito”, “Phaedo”, “Parmenides”, “Feast”, “Cratylus”), conversations between Philonus and Hylas by George Berkeley, moral letters of Lucius Seneca to Lucilius. And then it's up to you to decide, I just started to absorb everything, although now many things completely flew out of my head. After a couple of years, I mostly settled on tomism and neotomism. And I can only wish you in your quest not to lose zeal.

  2. Read, read, and read again. Without a minimum level of erudition, it will be extremely difficult for you, and you may even be disappointed. However, everything depends only on your desire and your ability to learn. And at the end of school, enter the philosophy department of the university of your city. In our century, this is the only way to study true philosophy, and not that nonsense from Vkontakte groups. Good luck!

  3. Delve into the study of philosophy as a science. Most often, in adolescence, philosophy is presented to everyone “as the ability to reason about life while being drunk”, but this is far from the case, in order to be a true philosopher, you need to have a huge amount of theoretical knowledge. To be honest, as a fan of the humanities, I barely passed the philosophy test at uni, because it is really difficult, the first philosophers expressed their thoughts in multi-volume works, and not in Vkontakte posts in 15 lines, all this needs to be understood and understood. In addition, philosophers are a kind of innovator of thought. You need to be able to think, anticipate the events of your time and “see” the future. Philosophers are also very erudite people, since philosophy gave rise to many mathematical and humanitarian sciences. In general, becoming a certified philosopher with real knowledge is time-consuming and difficult.

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