Philosophy 30 - 2.5 Reading Philosophy

By the end of this section, you will be able to:

  • Describe strategies for reading philosophy.
  • Distinguish the goals of philosophical reading from other types of reading.
  • Employ a three-part method for reading philosophy.

To be successful in a philosophy course, you must be able to read primary and secondary sources in philosophy. Many students in their first philosophy class struggle with the required readings. You may find yourself rereading a passage several times without having a clear notion of what the author is trying to say. Or you may get lost in the back-and-forth of arguments and counterarguments, forgetting which represent the author’s opinion. This is a common problem. Using the strategies described below, you can track the key claims and arguments in your reading. Eventually, you will reach the point where you can begin to reflect on, evaluate, and engage with the philosophical concepts presented.

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The content of this course has been taken from the free Philosophy textbook by Openstax