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Philosophy can actually be really interesting, if explained by the right people.


In some ways, I really regret getting into philosophy, as now I'm not really sure about anything anymore. Constants that I used to think were immovable I'm now beginning to question, and that's not necessarily ideal for some people. However, in other ways, philosophy is also insanely interesting and fun. Curiosity is almost always a good thing.

1. The "Very Bad Wizards" Podcast

Very Bad Wizards is a podcast that I recently discovered on my never-ending quest to find new podcasts. They're available on virtually all podcast platforms. Personally, my platform of choice is Spotify. Very Bad Wizards is hosted by philosopher Tamler Sommers and psychologist David Pizarro. In case you couldn't already tell, philosophy and psychology are inextricably linked, a theme that you'll see from most of these resources. This works out perfectly for me, though, as I'm deeply interested in both! I highly recommend Episode 159: "You Have the Right to Go to Prison" which talks about the trouble with mass-incarceration and minorities. Episode 156: "Notes From Underground pt. 1" is also amazing!

2. School of Life's Philosophy Series

The School Of Life's videos provide an excellent introduction to ancient and modern philosophies, as well as popular schools of thought. I first learned about stoicism from their video! As a resource, School Of Life has great material for beginners and those who are a bit more familiar with philosophy and are looking for something new. Their playlist also includes some lesser known philosophers for those of you who are already acquainted with Socrates, Plato, Aristotle and Sartre. They also have other videos on psychology, but I find the philosophy ones to be far more compelling.

3. Academy of Ideas' YouTube Channel

The Academy of Ideas Youtube channel has provided ceaseless inspiration for me on rainy days. It portrays philosophy as a means of self-improvement, not just as some kind of stuffy subject that old guys in powdered guys sit around and debate about. Their videos also provide refreshing quotes from Nietzsche and a variety of other philosophers in a context that isn't as hard to digest as it would be if you were reading their actual works. I really appreciate these lecture-style videos, as I tend to learn best in such an environment. If you aren't an auditory learner, this still provides you with compelling images so you don't have to sit there in muddled confusion.

4. The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy

If you're more of a visual learner, the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy has a multitude of extensive pages on everything ranging from Aesop's Fables to Zeno. This website makes researching and learning about the backgrounds of various philosophers, theories, and even current political events easy and accessible. There's one guiding menu at the top and everything is sorted alphabetically. If you know what you're looking for, you'll find it. On top of that, all of their information is peer-reviewed and credible! The only problem is it may be somewhat hard to simply browse. You have to go in with a mission.

5. "Classic Philosophy for the Modern Man"

Finally, if websites, podcasts, and Youtube videos aren't your thing, maybe books are! I'm currently reading "Classic Philosophy for the Modern Man" and I couldn't be more thrilled. It presents philosophy in a way that's approachable, so rather than having to dive headfirst into something as difficult and dense as, say, "Thus Spoke Zarathustra," readers can read excerpts of various philosophical texts in one volume. I also love the author's introductions to each excerpt; they summarize what you're about to read so you don't have to go in blind. On top of that, everything's in semi-chronological order so it's easy to get a grip on when exactly these theories and ideas originated.

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