Umberto Eco, he is a special case, a writer's writer, feels like he is trying to write an airport novel to end all airport novels, which he does with ease. Huxley/Orwell can't be missed. Erich Fromm is better understood from his video interviews same with Chomsky. Jules Verne is interesting because he predicted a lot of things. Houlebecq because he is pessimistic in world of positivism. Not Stephen King, he just designs immaculate vortex plots sort of like Hitchcock with an emphasis on sacrificing character for plot. Ender's Game holds a special place for nerds, I can't work out if it is really as good as it is, like all sci-fi it relies on 'the twist' too much, great for kids though. Kafka didn't take on me.
>>7637124 How much of these have you read/want to read?
Schopenhauer ALL Fragments of Heraclitus EASY Nietzsche ALL Descartes you learned in school, they just neglected to tell you how much he was responsible for. Kant's concepts can be more easily understood (and dismissed) with secondary lecture videos. Hume is so clear it's refreshing add Max Stirner, Goethe and Shakespeare (they count as philosophers and psychologists) Russell is a great starting point too, if biased.
Clearly I prefer ethics but I can assure you that there was a time when I greatly preferred metaphysics.
>>7637227 I only ask because you list several years worth of full time study there. That is considerable time and effort and can't be done part time, some philosophy professors take years off work just to understand Hegel.
>Who is to say what counts as a philosopher? Yes it's subjective to an extent, the ones I listed are above standard literature even though they appear to be in that genre.
We cut the fields because there is lots of fluff that can be watered down into other fields and masquerade as deeper than it is, and with these strict fields entire professions are dedicated to track the origins of thoughts so that credit for ideas can't be stolen.
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