Thanks for the kind reply!

As for philosophy recommendations, I’d start with anything from Plato. The Republic is one of my favorite books ever. It’s a really dense read, so you do have to take your time with it. It’s also pretty boring in spots, but there’s a lot of really great material too (the allegory of the cave was legitimately life-changing for me). And it’s obviously one of the most influential books ever written. It can also help to have a companion guide to explain some of the trickier stuff in the book. The one I used is by Laurence Houlgate (click this link to see the Amazon page for it). For a good dive into existentialism, Sarah Bakewell’s At the Existentialist Cafe is enjoyable and not hard to follow. The Stranger by Albert Camus is relatively short and tells a pretty interesting story that introduces you to the philosophy of absurdism. However, if you buy that book, check the reviews of the edition you’re purchasing first; from what I understand, there are some pretty poor translations of his work out there, and they can really ruin the story for you. I can’t recall which translation I read (I don’t have the book anymore), otherwise I’d mention it. Lastly, I really enjoyed C.S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity. I know it’s not a philosophical book per se, but as an agnostic myself, I’d say that out of all the semi-philosophical religious texts I’ve read, that one is the best and most convincing I’ve come across so far.

Oh, but one other thing. If you just want to get acquainted with the basics of philosophy before you start diving into any of these texts, you really should check out this “crash course” series on Youtube. Honestly, this series is probably more entertaining than any of the books I’ve listed. The presenter is fantastic at explaining important concepts, and of course it’s free!!!

Anyways, I hope that helps! Take care dude, and have a good night!

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