Philosophy: How-To-Do-It Guide
as regards the sounding-out of idols, this time they are
not idols of the age but eternal idols which are here
touched with the hammer as with a tuning fork...
Friedrich Nietzsche Twilight of the Idols 1888
If you want to philosophize well, you need a good tool kit. Not just a hammer, but screwdriver and pliers, drill and saw. Every student who starts out on the road to philosophy learns how to value and assess the tools available. Try everything. Pick up anything you can use, from as wide a variety of sources as possible.
Over the years that I have been running Pathways to Philosophy, certain basic issues concerning the nitty-gritty practice of philosophy have come up again and again: 'I don't know how to approach a philosophy book,' writes one student. 'Every time I put pen to paper I find myself writing complete rubbish.' 'I just don't know how to think!'
If philosophy as a subject intrigues you, but you doubt whether you've got what it takes to study philosophy, I hope that what you find here will help get over the initial barriers. So grab your tools and get stuck in! [more...]
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