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Why is it that philosophers, with a few notable exceptions, always use the most convoluted language possible? Is it to make their ideas seem more profound than they are? I have read Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, and Spinoza and felt like I understood their ideas quite well: they were succinct (or at least enjoyable and clear in Plato's case), and gave clarifying examples.
I moved on to other philosophers and found myself completely lost. Lots of time is spent simply deciphering their words rather than meditating them. I've used supporting essays to find their meaning, and the ideas aren't that profound and could be expressed far more easily, so I don't understand why they don't just do that, rather than meandering and using masturbatory language.
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What book(s) are worth learning by heart?
Obviously we don't have infinite time in which to memorize, so what are those books which, if memorized, gives greatest reward.
>inb4 2016 AD, memorizing etc. etc.
It's not about impressing someone else, it's about keeping certain words swimming in your head forever.
So /lit/, which words should they be?
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What is your favorite book in the Bible? I started reading it last week and I'm looking for some direction. So far, I've read Psalms, Ecclesiastes, Proverbs, Genesis, Exodus, and Leviticus. Should I just read from cover to cover at this point? I noticed there are 3 more books of Moses.
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who here have shit-tier first language?
i am a circassian born in israel. circassian has almost no literature, and almost zero translations of foreign works.
my second language is hebrew. everything is being translated to hebrew but the language itself is weak and not rich so it never conveys good stories like it does in other languages.
being fluent in english, i read everything in english. i even prefer translations to english over translations to hebrew (for example russian lit, greeks etc.)
and last, arabic. it is a rich, beautiful, and powerful language. however, they almost never translate foreign books, and they themselves dont have too many great writers.