I can really relate to this. “I really like what Spinoza said about that” … “Well haven’t you read Hume? That’s exactly what he says.” … “Of course, early Wittgenstein would disagree with you.”

The joys of parties attended by many philosophy students! But my anxiety disappears when I realize this name-dropping doesn’t indicate these other students have read more than me. Indeed, they may have just read a summary of western philosophy! There’s no real philosophy being discussed here.

There’s so much philosophy to read, no one could possibly read it all and take it all seriously.

The truth is a trap … you cannot get the truth by capturing it, only by its capturing you. — Søren Kierkegaard, Journals.