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The Philosopher Book Tag

March is flying by! I have finally some more time to do reading and I started a couple of good books that I really enjoy so far. There is still no sign of the end of the pandemic, but let’s hope for the best and keep our fringers crossed for the beautiful spring that is yeat to come! ☀️🌳

I haven’t done any book tag in a while and I thought it’s about time I shared some of my thoughts with all my readers. I found this very intersting tag at Anne with a Book and it was originally created back at Between Lines & Life. I like philosophy and couldn’t resist to take part in this 2in1 (philosophy and books) tag!

So, let’s get to the Philosopher Book Tag!

1. Thales is considered the first known philosopher. Which text introduced you to philosophy or which text would you like to read to get you into philosophy?

The first thing that comes to my mind when thinking about introduction to philosophy is Albert Camus’s The Plague. I read it in school when covering existentialism and I greatly enjoyed it. It’s one of the few philosophical books I read to be fair and one that I admire the most.

But what does it mean, the plague? It’s life, that’s all.

Albert Camus, The Plague

2. Karl Marx is a political philosopher, turning the world upside down with the Communist Manifesto. Which political event or event in history would you like to read more about in fiction?

This is a very difficult question for me because there are so many historical events that I would love to read about! If I wanted to settle on one event though, it would be from more recent history – I would absolutely love to read a fiction book about Polish workers’ strikes in 1988 that led to the end of Communism. I haven’y yet found a book that deals with this topic!

3. Jean-Jacques Rousseau highly influenced The Enlightenment, a period which introduced critical thinking to the common people. Which book or author forced you to think more critically?

The Midnight Library was definitely a book that made me think about my life more critically! I love how it focused on the meaning of life in the simplest possible way, and I absolutely love the idea behind multiple versions of our own lives.

4. Voltaire once said: ”I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it”. Which is a popular book everyone seems to love but you didn’t?

It might not be a big surprise, but I didn’t love The Night Circus AT ALL. This book was just soooo not for me and I struggled with it immensely. I did not like the writing style, I could not understand the characters at all, and it was just so over the top for me. It was one of the biggest reading dissapointments in my life.

5. Hannah Arendt – doomed controversial even by her friends, Hannah Arendt did not shy away from telling what she thought was true. Name a book that will leave readers uncomfortable, but tells an important story.

The Reader by Bernhard Schlink was definitely one of the most uncomfortable books I read, yet it tells a very important story. I read it two times and I think it’s a must-read for everyone.

6. “You must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star.” A wonderful quote from Nietzsche out of “Thus spoke Zarathustra”. Which book do you go back to for its beautiful writing?

If I were to pick one book just for its beautiful writing, it would be Life of Pi. I didn’t like it that much as some people did, but it’s definitely beautifully written. The film is even more beautiful!

7. Jean-Paul Sartre raised the question “What is literature?” in one of his books. What is good literature for you?

Hmmmm, this one is tricky. I think “good” and “bad” are very arbitrary words and what is good for one person, isn’t necessarily good for the other. Good literature for me are books that I really enjoy and books that deal with difficult, yet interesting topics. It is a very wide definition of good literature, but I think everyone would agree with me to some extent 😉

8. Albert Camus – which book did you have to keep pushing through because you really wanted to understand it’s meaning?

From more recent books, I think that would be Frankenstein. I did have to push through it a little bit because I didn’t entirely enjoy it, but I definitely wanted to understand it properly. Especially that you have to get to the vry end of the book in order to understand its meaning!

9. Which are the three philosophers you would love to sit down and have a chat with?

Aristotle, John Locke and Noam Chomsky – these are my three absolute favourites that I would love to have a cup of tea with and talk about science, empiricism and language philosophy!

If you feel like joining me in this fun tag, you are very welcome to! Happy reading everyone!

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