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  1. First, it is necessary to understand one very important detail – philosophy itself does not require any knowledge at all. That is, absolutely! Any dialectic with a well-defined logical proof system is a philosophy; yes, it is obvious that this is of no value to the world, since nothing is new under the moon, but it can be a real discovery for you specifically!

    Why all this is me – do not be afraid of philosophy, do not create an aura of some incomprehensible, just in the process of reading/comprehending constantly argue, try to refute the interlocutor. Think of it as a fascinating conversation; if you lose the thread, go back to the last logical link.

    Now a few words about the philosophy itself. When reading directly books about philosophy (for example, Russell's “History of Western Philosophy”), it is important to understand that this is a squeeze and more a history of philosophy – that is, how it developed, what it resulted in, what it influenced, etc. Therefore, there is only one recommendation-read Russell, then choose the author of interest and read his works, but never deny yourself the pleasure of disagreeing with the author and developing your own views-without this, in my opinion, it is difficult to say that you are studying philosophy.

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