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    I adore Russell as well. I’ve never read any Kierkegaard though, I’ll check him out!
     
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    Yay! I suggest Either/Or or Fear and Trembling. Elliott Smith named his album after Kierkegaard’s book :) He’s kind of the father of Existentialism and one of the most profound in my opinion.
     
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    Use Allegory. Makes philosophical inquiry both demonstrable and more memorable.(aka. Plato's "Cave")
     
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    That's great advice. Even having some perhaps denser parts accompanied by allegories or even analogies for illustration, would work out quite well I think.

    There's a French philosopher called Henri Bergson whose work I don't know very well, but who is apparently great at this.
     
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    John Searle is great at this, too. It adds some sense of the fable.

    Alain de Botton's popular stuff is of course packed with it, as well.
     
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    After going through 4 years of philosophy in college, my answer is no. I had to trudge through "Thus Spoke Zarathustra", so everyone else should have to suffer with me.
     
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    What was the stuff that you enjoyed the most in the course of those four years? I'd love to hear more about your experience studying philosophy.

    It's funny that you mentioned Thus Spoke... because in a way, it's an entirely non-technical work. But I suppose it's not easy to understand or at least not in a straightforward manner.

    I should add that it is the allegorical work par excellence — since we were talking about allegory.
     
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    I think that Kierkegaard is a pretty solid guy but my only contention is that he isn't Catholic enough.
     
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    Who is 'Catholic enough', Pin?
     
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    dragulagu Truth does not change because it is, or is not. 42

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    Philosophy should be easy to understand but difficult to discuss. Almost finished Plato's republic.
    Nietzsche's' works are quite...difficult.
     
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    Lots of people!

    For example, any canonized person or person(s) in the process of being canonized.

    But you've got to be Catholic.
     
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    Do you have a favourite saint?
     
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    Not yet.

    I need to read more before I can honestly tell you.

    There's a lot of great saints!
     
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    dragulagu Truth does not change because it is, or is not. 42

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    hah no
     
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