How's it going guys, I hope you're all having a great time!
Greetings, to all the great minds here!
I would really appreciate your help with my entrance to the infinite world of philosophy.
First, I will give you the background. And second, I will ask you my questions at the end of the post.
FIRST PART: Background
My Goal: I'm really eager to learn about what some of the greatest minds of the past and today have thought about the meaning of life, to move further in my journey of self-realization with meaning and purpose. In other words, I want to know what others have thought about the meaning of life so that I can develop and improve my philosophy on it. Basically, I'm a man searching for meaning.
Why? I have deeply motivational reasons, which makes me a passionate student (who self-studies).
With some research and the help of ChatGPT, I figured that the main branch of philosophy that deals with meaning is Existentialism. Then I kept researching the syllabi of various universities, such as Harvard, Oxford, Cambridge, METU, etc., to learn how a structured philosophy education is provided. I read entries on Reddit and Quora about people's ideas and experiences on how to start learning philosophy.
With all the information I gathered, I created a learning plan (I know I'm a little overboard with the planning, but please don't give it too much attention, lol):
The first page of my plan, titled "Plan", is my guide on how I'm going to go about learning mainly Existentialism. Numbers are indicating the priority (I am going to go step by step, starting from the number 1: "Read Introductory books"). However, I do not have to read or do every item precisely. For example, I don't have to read every introductory book on the first step, to go further to step two. Yet I'll try to digest as much material as possible.
The second page of the plan, titled "HELPFUL GUIDES", is my gatherings on how to learn Philosophy in general (not just Existentialism). The reason I added this part to my study plan, is because I thought learning about Philosophy in general would also help my main study on Existentialism. I'm planning to mostly use the second part of the Helpful Guides, named "2. My favorite learning plans" (Especially Hubert Tremblay's plan), while learning general Philosophy.
SECOND PART: Questions
Do you think my goal (I stated above, titled "My Goal") is well-aligned with the area I'm going to study, which is mainly existentialism and then general philosophy? Or are there better alternatives (other than religion, because I'm planning to read about it in the future)?
Do you have any recommendations, ideas, or resources that can benefit my journey? Such as any book or website that's helped you a lot?
Can you criticize my study plan? Do not hesitate to say that my plan is trash (because I know it is, that's the best I can do as an absolute beginner), as long as you provide better ideas from your past experiences and gained knowledge.
Again, I know I'm a little overboard with the planning, but please don't give it too much attention, lol.
All I need is constructive criticism, beneficial ideas, and recommendations from the people who started walking this path before me.
Your help will be highly appreciated.
Thanks for your help in advance. I wish that you become 10x more smart and charismatic for every bit of help you provide me, haha :)