Just out of curiosity what books would you recommend reading for philosophy in general (and in what order)? I guess chronologically is the best way to go for that stuff. I'm going to take a real philosophy course eventually at my school but I've considered just getting a philosophy text book and reading through it. That could be excruciating depending on the textbook, though. It's my understanding that theories and schools of thought arise out of the context of the cultures that surround them, and so it's important to learn about the time period, culture, and history, not just the philosophies themselves. I'd also like to learn the philosophical method, the "criteria" for philosophies, and how they are tested. Those things would be covered more thoroughly in a class than I could likely learn on my own.