How to Read a Philosopher

1) Avoid looking merely at the problems and answers that a philosopher discusses.

2) Always try to follow the philosopher’s underlying way of thinking; try to understand his assumptions and motivations.

3) Ask yourself:

  • Why is he asking these questions?
  • Why is he asking them this way?
  • Why does he think these questions are important?
  • Why does he give the particular answers that he does?

– Nicholas Wolterstorff

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