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  1. It looks like you want to avoid a situation in which” smart ” people will get bored or think that you are stupid and want a list of works from us that will help reduce the risk of such situations to zero. In fact, the problem of maintaining a productive conversation is not so much a problem of theoretical preparation (perhaps Russell's History of Western Philosophy will really help reduce the risk, because you will be generally aware of philosophy, but a deeper study of the subject will reduce this risk slightly), but a problem of communication skills and self-confidence. The two simplest solutions here are the book “The Art of Talking about Books You Haven't Read” and working with the fear of getting into an awkward situation in which the interlocutors will understand that you are incompetent in the question.

  2. It's a good place to start reading something from Grigory Savvich Skovoroda, who was very much respected by Mich.Bulgakov and whose philosophy he used in The Master and Margarita. And so, I advise you to read the book by Irina Lvovna Galinskaya “Riddles of famous books”, you can find it on the Internet.

    And from the philosophers for you, as a Russian speaker, I will recommend Vasily Rozanov, who is more represented as a writer, but he is a real active thinker, and physiologically accurately expressing his thoughts, as the well-known Nickname once noted. Berdyaev.

  3. You don't have to learn other people's ideas about the world to be smart and wise. It is enough just to live according to your conscience, to analyze everything that is happening correctly, and not to take anyone's word for it. Although some sages formulated the laws of the world very precisely and concisely. Especially in ancient times.

  4. What is the purpose of your communication with”smart people”? And who are the smart ones for you? After all, “smart” or “not smart” is just an opinion. And knowledge and opinion are very different things.

    I believe that first of all you need to know who YOU really are. And what difference does it make who thinks you are and who you are?

    For me, the most valuable philosophy that L. Ron Hubbard expounded in his works. It's the most sensible thing I've ever seen. Although Pushkin, Griboyedov, Gogol, Dostoevsky, Chekhov, Gorky, Bulgakov, Kurt Wannegut, Richard Bach-this is also a philosophy. Study the classics and smart people will reach out to you.

  5. I will partially answer the question, because I will tell you how you can find out that you need to change the topic of conversation, and what the other person may think when talking to you, and how to please people in the conversation. So:

    1) Literacy:

    A) literacy is respect

    B) it is pleasant to communicate with competent people

    2) look at the hand positions of the other person when talking:

    A) along the body and hiding them is a disturbance

    B) hands together in a fist – protection

    C) Distraction – boredom

    D) in the position of Steve Jobs(the fingertips touch each other, but the palms themselves do not touch) – listening carefully, the topic is interesting

    3) use the mirror method(this is already a philosophy) – put yourself in the place of the interlocutor( are you interested in your topic yourself?)


  6. I think it's enough to start with a course from high brow called Philosophical ideas that everyone should know. Of course, if you know English. Every morning you will receive one email (on one topic), which will briefly describe the essence of a particular theory. There are ten of them in total. But this is not enough. Personally, I first read the letter, then “dug” more detailed information on the Internet in Russian. Well, plus, not all the ideas are presented there, but there are many other philosophy courses on the site. I recommend it!

  7. If you want to learn about the main philosophical concepts and trends, then I recommend the book “Philosophical Stories”by Stephen Lowe. A very nice book, where the basics of philosophy are explained in simple language and with examples. You can even read it online or download a pdf file. I don't know how useful this will be for conversations, but it's just right for self-development!

  8. Let me ask you, but since when did intelligent people become identical with people who had the privilege of reading a couple of works by Kant, Schopenhauer, and Plato? Based on my personal experience, these categories have a very dubious relationship to themselves… Moreover, your approach to the question is initially very bad, because You want to learn something for the sake of changing other people's opinions (???). If you want to try out philosophy-read brief descriptions/characteristics of the works/theories/directions of different philosophers and go deeper into what is interesting to you (here you can insert a quote from Bruce Lee about 10 thousand strokes). Yes, being well-rounded and constantly improving your erudition is important, but your motivation is simply absurd. Develop for your own sake, but certainly not for the sake of raising the impression of your personality in the eyes of some snob who does not perceive you as an equal if you do not have an opinion on the “Theory of the Social Contract”, believe me, it is not worth it. If it turns out that you will not be able to find a philosopher whose ideas would seem interesting and worth further in-depth analysis, then this is also not a reason to despair, because there are a HUGE NUMBER of smart, successful and interesting people whose knowledge of philosophy begins and ends with the name of Aristotle/Plato.

    If all this is summed up, then it turns out something like this : Study and study what is interesting to you, and do it for your own sake, and not for the sake of someone else's opinion, and if your current environment perceives this behavior “with hostility”, then you simply need to change it, you do not need it.

  9. Can I give you a life hack about filosofi? Yes, it's easy. I quote Neil Stevenson, the novel “Kryptonomicon”: “And here it is appropriate to recall Plato's cave, this wonderful vegetable cutter of metaphors-it cuts both cubes and straws!”.�

    The advice is clear: read about the cave and plan for your health in any situation 🙂

  10. I really liked the work of Karl Jaspers “The Meaning and purpose of History”.

    The author refers to many works of different philosophers of all times, comparing them, noting the differences between their opinions, so you can at least superficially get acquainted with each of them. It also analyzes world religions, political structures, causes of historical events, and much more….

  11. Personally, I would advise you to find or download the Posner program with the following guests: Prokhanov (2 issues) ,Dugin , Krzysztof Zanussi( this is especially recommended).�

    As for philosophers, study the teachings of Plato and Aristotle,their differences from each other, at least in a brief form.This is the essential thing that you need to learn.

  12. Before going directly to ideas, it's a good idea to know what kind of beast philosophy is, what it's for, and what questions it answers. Well, to know the general directions.�

    After that, go on to Kant (a holy and easy-to-understand classic), the existentialists, and read a little, if you really want to shine, about ancient Greek philosophy.

  13. If you are interested in philosophy and don't know where to start, or if you know it but haven't started yet, my advice is to read Justine Gorder's book The World of Sofia. This is an exciting story about philosophy in the most understandable language. The book was designed for children and has an interesting plot. The history of world thought appears here as a series of unexpected discoveries made by the main character — a girl named Sofia-receiving letters from an unknown, mysterious philosopher. The book tells about philosophy from its origins to the 20th century.

  14. Specifically on Western philosophy, I strongly advise you to read Bertrand Russell's book “History of Western Philosophy”. In this book, the main ideas of Western philosophers are described relatively briefly and clearly, as well as how they were related to culture, history, and each other. This book will give you a general idea of Western philosophy as a whole, and then you can concentrate on the ideas that you find most interesting and study them in more detail. The author's language is very interesting and, in my opinion, much easier to read than the original works. By the way, he won the Nobel Prize in Literature.

  15. If there are no recent graduates among the interlocutors, and even more so teachers of philosophical faculties/departments, then it is quite possible to do without memorizing half a dozen names of the most fashionable philosophers, along with the name of a couple of works for each. Having enriched yourself with this knowledge, you can safely insert remarks like “But all this was already in Schopenhauer, in 'The world as will and representation'! “or, on the contrary,” Did not Heidegger defeat this theory?”

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