Ramses asked in Arts & HumanitiesPhilosophy · 2 months ago

Where to start with ancient philosophy?

I would like to start reading books from greek philisophers, but I don't know where to start.

what text from or about Socrates, Plato or Aristotle is the most accessible and easy to get into?

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  • Dejair
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    To philosophize is the art you can do with the words you know, communicating your style of being and comprehension about life . Thou art thee being ! 

  • j153e
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Try "The Greek Philosophers:  Selected Texts from the Presocratics, Plato and Aristotle," ed. by J. H. Lesher.

    The advantages:  briefer selections from the most important texts.  Then, follow up with full texts of those you like/are learning from.

    Would also recommend Tom Morris' "Philosophy for Dummies" as a good companion highlighting the main ideas.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Philosophy 101 by Socrates: An Introduction to Philosophy via Plato's Apology

    by Peter Kreeft

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    The ancient Greeks before Socrates like Thales of Miletus, Xenophanes, Pythagoras, Heraclitus and Parmenides

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  • 1 month ago

    Start with Plato's discoursed, either the Apology or the Alcibiades. Neither the Metaphysics nor the Republic is acceptable early on material. All things being equal, I suggest Plato's Apology and Euthyphro, Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics, and Marcus Aurelius' Meditations (in the event that you need to go further into Hellenistic way of thinking).

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    1 month ago

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    I suggest that you begin with the Basics of Philosophy website here: https://www.philosophybasics.com/ First, read the page titled "A Quick History of Philosophy" in the General section, and then delve into Pre-Socratic Philosophy under the ancient philosophy heading. This will give you the basics 

    After that, the peer-reviewed Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy will take you deeper https://iep.utm.edu/greekphi/

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    All is water is the first one. 

    How could you even forget him like that?!!?!

    Source(s): Thales
  • Mike W
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Start with what you find interesting, and move on from there.  

  • 2 months ago

    Geek philosophers? Try Ray Kurzweil's books. He's great.

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