How to Read Philosophy (And Other Difficult Books)

A guide to tackling complex texts.

10 hours. 

That’s how long I spent reading and decoding 15 pages of Henri Bergson’s “Creative Evolution” — only to be told by my Seminar supervisor that everything I thought I knew was wrong.

Philosophy is a difficult practice. Continental Philosophy especially, is like reading a cryptic piece of poetry

Philosophers put up barriers — they only want the most intelligent to engage with, and challenge their work. They fill them with complex and compound jargon that seems like nonsense to the everyday reader.

At times, it feels like Philosophy is impossible to understand

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