Links

On this site, I will collect links that I regard as useful for further philosophical inquiry. It starts with tools that are necessary for a serious, philosophical education and will end with more pop-culture driven meme platforms.

Philosophy is serious and, at the same time, it expresses the naivete of seriousness that can only be compensated with a smile.

Philosophy Tools

  • Stanford Dictionary: The standard source for the most important topics in philosophy. At the end of each article you will find the most relevant sources.
  • Sci-Hub – Adrien Chopin – Journals have a paywall. The sci-work-network helps you to get behind the paywall. Adrien Chopin provides the currently working links to these networks.
  • Libgen – Adrien Chopin – Adrien Chopin provides the currently working links. In the library itself you can find many books.
  • Roamresearch is a new note-taking-application that is based on linking all your thoughts so that in the long-run you can earn compound-interest on your notes.

Additional Philosophy Resources for Serious Self-Study

Half-Hour-Hegel: Gergory B. Sadler provides comprehensive lecture on Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit with the aim of exhaustiveness. As I regard Hegel’s Phenomenology as one of the hardest books to read, Sadler’s line-by-line interpretation of Hegel will be a great help on your way. in the entire philosophical tradition. Training yourself with this complicated content will open your mind for many other philosphies.

Aesthetic Philosophy

Shots of Awe – Jason Silva provides an aesthetically-pleasing and passionate, video-graphic approach to the philosophy of everything.

Twitter and Philosophy

NeinQuarterly – provides a self-ironic philosophy of no with provoking tweets
Werner Twertzog twitters about the abyss of culture utilizing the uniquely depressive, German voice of Werner Herzog

Educational Tools

Top Ten Lists

My Top 10 Philosophy

  1. Hegel – Phenomenology of Spirit
  2. Hegel – The Science of Logic
  3. Heidegger – Being and Time
  4. Kant – Critique of Pure Reason
  5. Sloterdijk – Weltfremdheit
  6. Sloterdijk – You have to Change your Life
  7. Plato – Republic
  8. Aristotle – Metaphysics
  9. Plessner – Die Stufen des organischen und der Mensch
  10. Wittgenstein and Shakespeare
  11. Honorable Mentions: Derrida (!), Theodor Wiesengrund Adorno (!), Michel Foucault, Judith Butler, Aquinas,

(This is no reading recommendation since it is probably to dry for the inexperienced philosophical mind. Nevertheless, it gives some orientation)

Top Ten Lists

In general these lists are less recommendations. They rather reveal who I am as a person.

My Top 10 Literature

1. John-Paul Sartre – La Nousee (Nobel Price)
2. Hertha Müller – Atemschaukel (Nobel Price)
3. Coetzee – Disgrace (Nobel Price)
4. Elias Cannetti – Die Blendung [Auto-da-Fé] (Nobel Price)
5. William Shakespeare – Hamlet (Nobel Price of all Nobel Prices)
6. Thomas Hardy – Tess of the D’Urberville (Nobel Price nominated)
7. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe – Faust
8. Geoffrey Eugenides – MiddleSex
9. Peter Sloterdijk – Zur Welt zur Sprache kommen
10. Stanislaw Lem – Solaris

Honorable Mentions

  • Wuthering Heights – No because I hate every person in this book
  • Thomas Mann – I read almost any book of him it bored me to death
  • Max Frisch – read his collective works, but no recommendation
  • Kafka – too much cliche though incredibly funny

My Top 10 Classical Music

1. Beethoven – The Emperor (Glenn Gould)
2. Beethoven – 9th Symphony (The Legendary Karajan-Concerto)
3. Edward Grieg – A Minor Piano Concerto
4. Chopin – E-flat-Major Polonaise
5. Bach Goldberg – Variations (Glenn Gould)
6. Rachmaninoff – 2nd Piano Concerto, (Rachmaninoff – 3rd Piano Concerto)
8. Bach – Double Violin Concerto (Oistrach and Menuhin)
9. Liszt – Hungarian Rhapsody
10. George Gershwin – Rhapsody in Blue

You might justifiably ask: What about Brahms (4th Symphony), Mahler (9th Symphony) and Schostakovich?

My Top 10 Movies
1. Elephant Man
2. Matrix (yes all of them)
3. Broke Back Mountain
4. Once Upon in the West (Sergio Leone and Ennio Morricone)
5. Der Texaner (Clint Eastwood)
6. Little Big Man
7. Kramer vs. Kramer
8. The Deer Hunter
9. The Godfather
10. Adaptation (We cannot not have Nicholas Cage in this list)

Honorable Mentions: KungFu-Panda

TopTen – Philosophers

  1. Hegel (The greatest attempt to bring all thoughts under one idea, the density of his works)
  2. Heidegger (I do not agree with him, but it is the attempt of replacing the question of oneness with existential brokenness)
  3. Kant (just too influential and systematic in order to be not in this list, also the density)
  4. Sloterdijk (the force of his language, the creativity and irony make his philosophy purely fun to read)
  5. Plato (the irony and difficulty to break through to his thoughts, the fact that conservatives and liberals use him to the same degree)
  6. Aristoteles (he was known as the man with the clearest language of his time, but sometimes I do not understand anything. Nevertheless, his approach to substance still occupies my thoughts)
  7. Aquinas (the systematic approach to all questions of God remains a question in my life. I appreciate reading him with others)
  8. Derrida (the deconstruction of everything and the poetic, experimental style)
  9. Adorno (the seriousness and density of his works, his critical analysis of society)
  10. Nietzsche (the force of his language and the development of an alternative conception to slave and masters morality)

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