Philosophy notes


What is philosophy? Well, according to the FSU Department of Philosophy, it is an activity people undertake when they seek to understand fundamental truths about themselves, the world in which they live, and their relationships to the world and to each other.

Here follows some observations, thoughts, and quotes; sort of my personal notes and reference material on philosophy. Note: this page will be updated frequently…

My philosophy, in essence, is the concept of man as a heroic being, with his own happiness as the moral purpose of his life, with productive achievement as his noblest activity, and reason as his only absolute.”

Ayn Rand

“It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows.” (Epictetus)

“The secret of realizing the greatest fruitfulness and the greatest enjoyment of existence is: to live dangerously!” (Nietzsche)

“The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.” (Meditations 5:20)

“Be tolerant with others and strict with yourself.” (Meditations 5:33)

“If this evil is not of my doing, nor the result of it, and the community is not endangered, why should it bother me?” (Meditations 5:35)

“It is in times of security that the spirit should be preparing itself to deal with difficult times.” (Letters from a Stoic, Letter XVIII)

I think studying and attempting to understand various themes and styles of philosophy is good your mental health. Here are some of my thoughts on it.

Philosophy: Suggested Reading List:

  1. Mediations by Marcus Aurelius (Gregory Hays translation)
  2. Letters from a Stoic by Seneca (Penguin Classics)
  3. Thus Spoke Zarathustra by Friedrich Nietzsche