I’ve been circling around this forum for a while not sure of what I can contribute or discuss. I have an interest in philosophical thinking and reflecting on how to improve the human condition, but I’m not that well read on philosophers or educated on philosophy.
The most contemporary Philosophy figure that may influence me is Daniel Dennett. I’ve watched some of his lecture videos and I enjoy his approach to consciousness study, life in general, or poking holes in Faith-based thinking.
Another person I’m interested in from another era is Baruch Spinoza. The Einstein quote “I believe in Spinoza’s God who reveals himself in the orderly harmony of what exists, not in a God who concerns himself with fates and actions of human beings.” carries a lot of weight with me because of the source.
Now I have tried one of the cheap free Kindle books on Spinoza and gave up on it. The reason for that is the beginning was interesting, but I felt is was used as a springboard for the author to launch into his own philosophy. After a while, it wasn’t clear to me that I was reading his interpretation of Spinoza or his own philosophy. So if someone here would like to school me on Spinoza I’d welcome that.
I guess in general, I’m interested a thread where experienced people well read on Philosophy can break the ice with complete novices who might feel slightly intimidated by it or out of their league in discussing it. Especially in regards to philosophy as it relates to Secularism.