3 Answers

  1. I will repeat the words of all my teachers: “Always read primary sources”
    As for my opinion, I agree with them.
    First, reading the original source, you can find a lot of interesting things in the texts,and sometimes philosophers have very interesting descriptions and images. (Those who read Timaeus for the first time will understand)
    Secondly, reading the original, you remember the particular style of a particular philosopher and you can find similarities of ideas with other philosophers and trends .
    So I advise you to read the original)

  2. It is pointless to read the original source if you do not know the language of this original source. You can read the translation, but it's not the same. It is advisable not just to read at all, but to experience everything that every philosopher has experienced. You don't have to read, but you have to be. You need to beat yourself up against the wall. Beat and knock out sparks of life. These sparks will ignite a flame in which we will burn this world. For that is the will of the Possible. Everything is at the will of the Possible. In this strange ghostly dream. In this strange dream, everything is possible. Om!

  3. Depends on your goals.

    1. You don't need to take the philosophy exam if it's not a core subject.

    2. Pass the philosophy exam, if it is a specialized subject – yes, you need to.

    3. You are interested in philosophy as such – yes, you need to.

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