The common view of philosophy is it’s pointless intellectualism, and the only practical question a philosopher will ever learn is, “would you like fries with that?”
We’ve all heard the jokes.
But that’s only the present state of philosophy. Philosophy is pointless today like chemistry was pointless during the age of alchemy. Just because the field was usurped by superstition didn’t make it useless.
We’re at the tail end of a 350-year phase of deterioration in philosophy. The philosophy you learned in college is the remaining complaints of a field that has emasculated itself.
The History of Philosophy reverses this trend. It conceptualizes and identifies philosophers and their ideas, and how those ideas have built upon each other to create the world you live in. It presents philosophy as a study of integrated concepts based in reality—no different than chemistry, and just as practical.
I’ve compiled more than 100 pages of notes from countless books and lectures. The result is this comprehensive yet simplified resource on philosophy. You’ll learn more from my glossary than you would from a four-year philosophy degree. I would know—I got my BA in philosophy (sorry, dad).
What you will learn from The History of Philosophy:
• The roots of the liberal and conservative ideologies, and why they’re both right (and both wrong).
• Why the epistemological foundations of both religion and skepticism lead to the same political conclusions (not to mention what the hell “epistemological” means).
• How the dominant cultural divide in our world goes back to a 2500-year-old misunderstanding about the nature of change.
• A behind-the-scenes look at current ideological trends including multiculturalism, the Big Three religions, environmentalism, and grad school (you’ll be like Neo—*whoa*—able to see reality for what it is, not as it appears).
• A plain explanation for the divide between collectivism and individualism, and why a psychology based on individualism is the only view of psychology based in reality (understanding this gives the full and proper context to Man’s Guide to Psychology.
• The philosophical foundations to idioms like “everything happens for a reason,” “that’s just your opinion,” “I’m not sure why but it feels right,” “whatever will be will be,” and many others.
The History of Philosophy features:
• More than 100 pages of notes I’ve gathered from countless resources, most notably A History of Philosophy by Wilhelm Windelband, History of Philosophy by Leonard Peikoff, A Story of Philosophy by Will Durant, and A History of Western Philosophy by WT Jones.
• More than 2500 years of philosophy, from Thales through the 20th Century.
• My commentary that summarizes and connects ideas from across the centuries better than any philosophical resource you’ll find.
Socrates was the first philosopher to stress the importance of knowing yourself. But there is no point to knowing yourself unless you also know the world you live in. Otherwise, you’re living in a bubble.
It’s only once you understand the world that you can navigate it, and then build it.