Why read philosophy?

David Lubkin (lubkin@unreasonable.com)
Mon, 04 Oct 1999 20:48:25 -0400

While I have a personal philosophy, I have lumped philosophy as a discipline with the few other subjects I have no interest in, like mah-jongg and motorcycles. When the list turns to Nietzsche, my eyes glaze over.

What I've read or heard in the past has dealt with important questions, but always seemed like a waste of time -- people arguing back and forth, with very few verifiable facts in their arguments. And the books seemed too dry and dense to read.

But many of you don't feel this way. So I'd like to understand why you read and discuss philosophy, and what you'd recommend I read as a seductive introduction.

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