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July 22nd, 2017
a question for Tyler (and anyone else) about recommended philosophical texts?
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qajalz

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Join Date: 09/30/2009 | Posts: 21

Hey all, I've started this thread because there seem to be a lot of people on the RSD forum who are interested in philosophy and would like to collect some gracious references to cool stuff.  I'm especially interested in the more old school philosophy that you guys have read (aside from the more modern stuff like Tolle and Rand, which I am familiar with), like German, French, Greek, Latin, Indian or Eastern texts. 

What do you recommend/what do you think is really empowering, or simply thought provoking?

Also, Tyler, what specific stuff did you get into in college?

Much appreciated.  One of the most appealing things about RSD is that it combines "deeper" issues with meeting women and socializing etc. etc.  A much needed combination.

-qajalz

 
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Paris Boum Boum

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Epictet --> self centeredness, unreactivity
Sartre --> action and deep identity level change
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Mick

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The Republic - Plato... if you've read Way of the Peaceful Warrior, the allegory of the cave is mad beast and from Plato.
Hay Ibn Yaqzan or Philosophus Autodidactus- Ibn Tufayl... about a boy who grows up alone on an island and how he learns all these things... good stuff and also leads to:

Anything with Rousseau involving natural man. Deep stuff.

Candide's a good motivator.

Nietzsche if you have time to decipher it. You can also read Max Stirner, his predecessor (who is easier to read/less known, but favorable in my opinion) and then Ayn Rand.

Bhagavad Gita, Siddhartha (Hesse) are both top eastern texts as well as Confucius.

Read some Darwin, origin of species, particularly On Natural selection (Skim through it, though. only so much is actually useful to non-science types)

Epicurus may be another greek worth checking out. but the ones listed above (including paris' suggestions) are good.


I'm also interested in tyler's stance, though. These were good for me, but I'm just curious as to what you studied/found useful in college? I've got to read a lot of Kant next year. Any pointers lol?

P.S.- stay away from descartes

P.P.S.- it's slow going in terms of reading these philosophical beasts, totally worth it if you want to be "enlightened," but try not to get too far into your own head.

P.P.P.S.- Hit up youtube for some crazy videos related to the texts. Like this beast Plato video:


Good luck and happy reading.
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Occam

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A lot of that stuff will just put you in your head, which is great, except being in your head really sucks for your game.

Try reading The Ramayana.  Ancient Hindu text that is sort of the hindu version of the oddessy and illiad.   Very laden with philosophy and spirituality: but also a a great plot, epic storyline, and some fun and amazing heroic characters.
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The Flow

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Sartres "The Cathegorical Imperative" is good to read up on. Basically tells you that if you wanna be a real man, don't fuck around. About building principles etc.

I also got a lot of good stuff from Nietzsche at one point in my life. "Antichrist" sent me down a dark, but very self confident road at that point, but I'm sure that with the right mindset you could get some cool stuff out of it. Very powerful.

For some more eastern shiznizz I recommend "Tao Te Ching" by Lao Tse. It's the primary and fundamental scripture within Taoism and can really blow your mind! ...like freally!

But as already said, none of these books will get you laid. Well, maybe except Nietzsche...

shalom!
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Monarch

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Marcus Aurelius, Nietzsche, and Joseph Campbell. Also "Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai."
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qajalz

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Stoic philosophy looks intriguing, might have to bust into some seneca soon.  and I also agree that you should try not to be in your head, but I think that comes down more to lifestyle than intellectual interests.  you can have your intelectual interests but as long as you have a social life, exercise, or moving towards important life goals, etc. etc., then you will find that balance. 
 
keep the recommendations coming!
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just watch some bashar videos bro
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I second the Tao te Ching recommendation.  That little book is uber powerful, and tells you different things every time you pick it up, the more you grow.

Also, if you're a beginner, just stroll down to the philosphy section of your Borders and you'll find a lot of "____ and Philosophy" books, based on pop culture.  "X-Men and Philosophy,"  "Star Wars and Philosophy," etc.  These aren't bad at all, and when you find a subject you like, they authors point you to the original sources of the theories, so you can do more research.

My favorite starter book is "Like a Splinter in Your Mind: The Philosophy Behind the Matrix Trilogy."  It uses the Matrix movies as a context, and hits a lot of key philosophical issues along the way, always pointing to other books (Plato, Satre, Nietzche) that take the concepts further.

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philosophersnotes.com is a must for anyone who wants to get into this stuff. its an amazing site.  he condences books down into around 20-25 min audios or a 5 page pdf, with all the big ideals from each book. sign up to this you will not be sorry, inspiring stuff. there is 100 titles and the ones you really like you can go and read the full book.
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qajalz

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any other suggestions?
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