Turns out you were correct to mention Greek metaphysics. I just recently bought a book titled "Philosophy made simple" by Richard H. Popkin and Avrum Stroll. It is pretty much a basic overview on philosophy so I figured it would be a good place to start. The first chapter of the book is titled Ethics. Within the first 30 pages I read about the philosophers you mentioned (Heraclitus, Aristotle, Plato, etc.); But one philosopher really struck me. His name was Baruch Spinoza. I started reading his essay entitled "On the Improvement of the Understanding." This I came to find out contains almost all of the same ideas as in a school paper I wrote not to long ago about my belief! Life truly amazes me with its unfathomable unpredictability.:bigsmile:
That's great to hear! And interestingly enough, I own that exact same book and I have enjoyed it very much, especially the 3rd chapter on metaphysics. I like how they organize the whole survey in more of a conceptual history rather than an actual history-history, as in making Leibniz follow Spinoza and so on. You got a very good introductory book.
As for Spinoza, he is one of my favorite modern philosophers. If you like On the Improvement of the Understanding
, you most certainly will like The Ethics
, which in many senses is a misleading title because above all a metaphysical treatise (although "ethics" is used as a metaphysical notion though). The cool thing about Essay