Whether you want to read philosophy, argue well, have a philosophy hobby, become a philosopher, or help others learn philosophy, you should start with the basics. Why try to reinvent philosophy entirely on your own when you can learn quite a bit of the basics from other philosophers? They have spent two millennium cataloging and analyzing many common pitfalls and “words of advice.” To introduce yourself to philosophy, you could take some philosophy classes, but it is also possible to try to teach yourself. If you want to teach yourself or others, I recommend using the following six steps:
- Read a little about what philosophy is. For example, my free Introduction To Philosophy ebook.
- Think about what you would like to get out of philosophy. The more you think about this, the more you will make sure to apply philosophy to your life whenever possible. I have some suggestions here.
- Read some “must-read” philosophy books and accompanying interpretive texts.
- Learn some formal logic.
- Learn about some informal fallacies (errors of reasoning).
- Learn what it means to create a good argument.
I have written a free ebook that helps you better understand the above called, How to Become a Philosopher.