This was a very nice listen, but I had to take it in chunks.  The fiction books that I listened too at the same time were very nice breaks from the depth and density of this lecture series.  The evolution of philosophy as described by this book seems to be full of reactionary thought, with the swings getting wider and wider.  I can identify most with the Aristotelian thought with everything being in the pursuit of Eudaimonia, which can be roughly thought of as happiness or well-being in a totally non-hedonistic sense.  I would put this as the basis of my thoughts in a utilitarian framework with a hierarchical anthropomorphic view of all life based on level of consciousness and sense.  I fully reject some of the later discussed views like reality being perception.  These views are wholly unusable for working life, and aren’t even practiced by the people that support them.  I very much hold that a philosophical position should be practiced by those that hold it and not just held in theory.  There is a funny story of an ancient Greek person (reality unknown) who believed and practiced in the thought being reality school, and his friends would have to constantly save him from being injured by these notions.  He would do things like believe that fire wasn’t hot and try to walk through it.  Even he didn’t fully follow this thought as he blamed his cook for making a bad meal; wouldn’t it only be bad because he thought it was so in his own philosophy?  I liked the thoughts presented here and can use the language to flush out my own ideas further, and discover what great people have thought before on the subjects.

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