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How To Think About Great Idea Project

I have always been fascinated by Philosophy. Its not like I always understood the subject completely and I often struggled with many of its theories, but I could not let go of this wondering fascination I had on this subject. I absolutely loved my Political Philosophy classes during my Graduate School days; a great credit also goes to the brilliant professor who taught us this jaw breaking subject and I remember the multiple re-reads I did of Plato’s Republic to get a hang of it, which fortunately I did before I graduated! Very recently,I have trying to find the time and make the effort to re-connect again with this subject and I have started and made extremely slow progress with Bertrand Russell’s History of Western Philosophers and Albert Schopenhauer lies by my bed side book table urging me to pick it up and get going. Some critics even contend that Brother Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky is in fact fundamentally a philosophical treatise and as I read more, I have to agree.

In this kind of background, Cleo, my reading buddy and my fellow adventurer in all reading madness, came up with the idea of reading How To Think About Great Ideas by Mortimer J. Adler’s. Adler in his book, discusses 52 ideas ranging from a broad variety of subjects from Truth to Morality to Politics. The plan is to spend one week reading about one idea and then posting it a blog on the same. The chapters are not particularly long but they are tough!Now knowing how easy my life is, I did wrangle a promise from Cleo, that we pace it out and while we attempt to complete one subject a week, we may take longer. Good thing, I did, because I am already falling behind. However I have started on the first chapter and needless to say, I am finding my mind doing extraordinary gymnastics until it hurts. So even if I inch at a snail’s pace, I will see this through and hopefully at the end of the whole exercise have a more pandered and more educated mind!

Hence I start! Do wish me luck!

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  1. looloolooweez #

    Oooooh, this sounds like a super interesting project. Good luck, and keep us updated!

    October 17, 2016
    • Interesting yes, difficult, yes! LOL! Will keep you posted!

      October 17, 2016
  2. What a great project! I hope you are planning on sharing as you go along!

    October 17, 2016
    • Absolutely! However how far apart those posts will be is not something I can quite state at this point!! 😉

      October 17, 2016
  3. ian darling #

    I admire your courage! I read some chapters of the Russell some time back and he certainly can be very readable. Good luck with the project.

    October 18, 2016
    • Thanks Ian…he does bring philosophy down to the lay man’s understanding; but it ain’t easy! 😉

      October 19, 2016
  4. Oh, yes, the brain is certainly getting exercise. I’m finding that I have to make notes first and then compile my post, so it’s quite time consuming, but I think worth the effort. I suspect that the weekly post schedule is going to be stretched out though, which might be good as it will allow more time for the thoughts to percolate. I’m so glad that you decided to come along for the ride! 🙂

    October 20, 2016
    • You have to see the amount of notes I am making…copious is the word! Yes…sticking to one subject per week will not happen. But idea is to let the ides percolate and think deeply and as long as we are doing that, we should be good! I am so glad you got this ride started! 😀

      October 21, 2016

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