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Matt # Posted on March 29, 2011 at 12:04 pm

I’m not sure I agree. While I do think that everyone should create and develop their own unique philosophy, I don’t think that means that you should therefore not read the works of other philosophers. First off, reading other philosophy will make you question your own. Second, you might find an idea that resonates with you, something you’ve been searching for through your own philosophy. If a physicist or a psychologist did all of his own research without reading the works of other scientists, he would constantly be discovering things which have already been discovered and therefore would make no real progress. If he had already known about these discoveries, he would have been able to devote his time to furthering the universal knowledge of the subject.