Who all do I absolutely have to read before Descartes? I've read The Art and Thought of Heraclitus, Plato, Aristotle, and Marcus Aurelius. I'm not gonna read all 3,000 pages of Summa Theologica. Anything else I need? Sextus Empiricus? Augustine? The reason I'm asking is because the sticky has an assload of shit before modern philosophy and that's what I'm in this for. How did you guys do it? Thanks in advance
>The reason I'm asking is because the sticky has an assload of shit before modern philosophy and that's what I'm in this for
If you're interested in Modern philosophy you can literally just start with Descartes for fucks sake.
It's not that I don't know I just don't want to be unprepared tackling modern philosophy. I tried reading CPR a few years ago and promptly got BTFO so I'm cautious. I guess what I'm really asking is what do I need to tackle the modern pantheon of philosophers so I don't get my shit pushed in
Also my b for not posting this in the other beginning philosophy thread my B
Descartes is pretty shitty tbqh senpai.
Also: you need to be quite versatile in medieval philosophy not only "muh Aquinas" that seems to be an attitude shared by surprisingly many people. For example, in st. Anselm to see how Descartes butchered the ontological argument.
Just Plato. Or nothing.
It isn't really THAT necessary.