The Toughest Western Philosophers to Read, Grasp and Master?

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Re: The Toughest Western Philosophers to Read, Grasp and Master?

Post by Burning ghost » June 8th, 2018, 1:06 pm

Personally I found both Kant and Heidegger to be a test of patience. Kant delivered more for me than Heidegger (for more) likely before I arrived at Hussserl before either as a spring board.

The one I completely underestimated was Neitzsche. I assumed after reading Beyond Good and Evil I was ready for Thus Spake. I got a third through and realized I needed to start from scratch after reading some of his other stuff. Then I made a start on Birth of Tragedy and made it halfway with many interesting thoughts and notes before admitting I needed to take a huge step back and address Aristotle and Plato through a different lens.

Now I’ve read the Poetics pretty carefully and made a start of several other bits and pieces dealing with “aesthetics” I am slowing feeling like I am in a slightly better position to try again.

Husserl really does push to the limit. I just happened to find many parts of his work resonate with me (I think he was perhaps too cautious in his attempts?) Heidegger takes on part of what Husserl did, and from my perspective, pushes out way, way, way too far (not cautious enough!) - but did stumble across some interesting ground in the process; Wittgenstein seemed to mop up most of his mess about hermeneutics as some weird authority of meaningful unmeaningness of the meaning of meanings - that was my attempt at a piss take of Heidegger btw :)
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