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A kid trying to get into philosophy !

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A kid trying to get into philosophy !

Post by Existential ennui » March 20th, 2019, 9:51 am

As the title says, I am still in school but want to learn a bit of philosophy. I am always confused about what is moral and ethical and what not, among many other things. I hope I can get into philosophy get answers for these. What is a good starting point? which books should I read? good youtube channels to start?

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Re: A kid trying to get into philosophy !

Post by determinatio » March 24th, 2019, 5:32 am

Kid,
Ethics is the study of moral standards. If you carefully keep the distinction between ethics and moral standards, even though the two terms are commonly used interchangeably, you will begin to somewhat reduce your confusion.
All human cultures have different moral standards thus, there is no one single ensemble of moral standards which is the final set, so you need not feel lacking simply because, at this time, you cannot decide on which set of moral standards you shall subscribe to. I believe each person has a natural set of moral standards so to speak built-in to one's personhood so, introspection could be a good bet for you to become clear on what you deem to be right conduct.
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Re: A kid trying to get into philosophy !

Post by chewybrian » March 26th, 2019, 9:28 pm

Existential ennui wrote:
March 20th, 2019, 9:51 am
As the title says, I am still in school but want to learn a bit of philosophy. I am always confused about what is moral and ethical and what not, among many other things. I hope I can get into philosophy get answers for these. What is a good starting point? which books should I read? good youtube channels to start?
Two short, easy to read books I might start with are Plato's Apology, about the death of Socrates, and the Enchiridion, by Epictetus.

On youtube, you could try "Crash Course Philosophy" for a very broad overview of various philosophies, to see what interests you.

When you find something you think you will like, try searching youtube for Greg Sadler. He does excellent and easy to understand videos explaining the basics of many great works and philosophers; I can't recommend him highly enough. Search "Sadler Aristotle", Sadler Kierkegaard", "Sadler existentialism" or whatever you want to check out, and he will probably have a series of videos ready for you. (My personal favorite is the chapter by chapter analysis of the Enchiridion).

My advice would be to get a little taste of as many different views as you can and dig deeper into what rings true for you. For me, it's the stoics and the existentialists, but it might be very different for you. Enjoy.
"If determinism holds, then past events have conspired to cause me to hold this view--it is out of my control. Either I am right about free will, or it is not my fault that I am wrong."

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