“If a man eats much, he doesn’t become healthier than a man who is satisfied only with necessary things. The same thing is with a scholar. A scholar isn’t a man, who reads much, but a man, who reads with a utility.”—Aristippus
What is the best philosophy book to gain an understanding of all the major ideas? or top 3.
It depends on the level of understanding you want to gain. You’ll struggle to find a book that can bring you really in-depth on all the major ideas, but there are a few introductory books out there that will give you a starting point.
I think I’ve said this before, but the novel Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder serves as a fantastic tour of all of the major philosophers and ideas. It was the first ‘philosophy book’ I ever read and it’s great for beginners, but also well worth a read for anyone interested in philosophy.
In what grade do you think should students start being introduced to the ideas of philosophy? I was an ignorant kid and I still pretty much am with a lot of things but once I got to high school my teacher was able to get rid of my ignorance and changed me into a more curious person. I changed from a lazy student to a more competent one that would be curious with so much variety of topics which I believe led me to become a much more successful student. Should philosophy be introduced sooner?
It’s a tough question, and I think it depends how it’s taught. I was only taught the smallest amount about philosophers and their thinking in year 10 RE, and then more so as I did my A-Levels. I was introduced to philosophy mainly by my Dad, rather than through school, because I often asked him deep questions and he thought I would be interested in a few of his books.
The job of educators should be to instil a sense of curiosity about the world, rather than just to have students passing exams, and philosophy in that sense is something that children should be introduced to as soon as they are able to ask questions.
That said, actually teaching children about philosophers and their ideas isn’t something that should be forced on them at a young age. A lot may not enjoy it and it could well seem confusing to some - there’s nothing worse for turning children away from a subject than a lack of understanding, or being in a class that’s disruptive because fellow pupils don’t understand.
My point being; I think that it’s important to make children question things and look at the world around them. This is far more likely to give them a passion for the topic and they may well, as I did, do some research on their own or else choose to study it when the option becomes available to them (maybe when they are around 15).
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'Philosophy' comes from φιλειν, to love, and σοφια, wisdom. So Philosophy is the love of wisdom, not knowledge. Knowledge in Greek is ἐπιστημη, hence the term 'Epistemology', which didn't actually come into common parlance till only a few centuries ago. So Philosophy encompasses more things than just knowledge. Also, our word 'Science' comes from the Latin 'scientia', which has the root of 'scire', to know. The difference between the Greek adn the Latin is subtle, but nuanced.
You’ll have to forgive me, my Greek is terrible. Now you’ve said this, I’m kicking myself because I knew that!! I forgot and looked up the translation of “sophi” on a website which it turns out was fairly unreliable. Sorry!! I would, however, still maintain that the primary goal of philosophy is the pursuit of ‘truth’. Also, when I used the term ‘science’ I meant in the modern sense of experimental philosophy, rather than the original sciencia - as I said, words change their meanings over time. Thankyou for correcting me; remember I’m just a lowly theology student :p
This is a tough question because there is no definite answer. I believe the origin is from the greek ‘φιλω’/’philo’ (love), and ‘ςoφι’/’sophy’ (science), so it’s usually translated to mean ‘the love of knowledge’.
Words change their definitions, and as science is now generally seen as a seperate thing to philosophy, a narrower definition might be required, such as ‘the search for truth through contemplation’. I personally don’t consider science and philosophy seperate, and am happy to call philosophy ‘the search for knowledge’, but not everyone will agree with that.