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I have some stoic books by Epictetus and Marcus Aurelius and some Kant and the myth of Sisyphus, but I don't know where to go now.

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I recommend listening to Vervaeke's 'Awakening From The Meaning Crisis' lecture series, or the first 20 odd episodes anyway. It's a history of philosophy that focuses on understanding how to live a meaningful life, as the core job of philosophy (I give my summary of the longer history of that task here What are some philosophical works that explore constructing meaning in life from an agnostic or atheist view?).

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In terms of specific texts, I'd recommend 'Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid' & Wittgenstein's 'Philosophical Investigations' as both being readable, & provocative.

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You may want to read “The Metaphysics of Being of St. Thomas Aquinas, A Historical Perspective” by Leo J. Elders S.V.D. It’s free on Internet Archive as a PDF so you can keep it. No harm in downloading it. Don’t worry if you don’t understand it, just keep plowing forward anyway.

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  • One of the reasons I suggest this book by Elders is the all important historical perspective of the book. Another reason is that OP likes to read. He can keep this free book and reread and reread it.
    – Gordon
    Commented Oct 9, 2022 at 2:55
  • I feel you haven't really made the case why anyone would read & reread it. If you're into Apologetics, have you read en.wikipedia.org/wiki/On_the_Consolation_of_Philosophy ? It's an underacknowledged classic that's had a very profound impact on Christian thought & Western philosophy
    – CriglCragl
    Commented Oct 9, 2022 at 10:41
  • @CriglCragl My interest is not in Apologetics. Elders is an excellent scholar. The book serves as sort of a backhanded treatment of certain important philosophers from Plato to Heidegger, as well as serving as an introduction to old, complete Metaphysics.
    – Gordon
    Commented Oct 9, 2022 at 13:56
  • A lot of young students today don’t understand why Hegel would go back and write an ontological Logic. Well Hegel wanted to be a full throttle philosopher a la Aquinas, Aristotle and this required a logical necessity.
    – Gordon
    Commented Oct 9, 2022 at 14:46
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    @Gordon thanks it works Commented Oct 11, 2022 at 13:45
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  • A very valuable anthology by the editor of the IEP , J. Fieser :

https://www.utm.edu/staff/jfieser/class/

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