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Sometimes I even did it deliberately. A little disruption now can prevent disaster later.
Rules for History of Philosophy

Things are always more complicated than you think

Things are always more complicated than you think.
     — Peter Adamson
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Beware of jargon

Beware of jargon.
     — Peter Adamson
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Don't essentialize

Don't essentialize.
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Focus on the primary text

Focus on the primary text, not secondary literature.
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Respect texts about texts

Respect texts about texts.
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Be broadminded about what counts as “philosophy”

Be broadminded about what counts as “philosophy”.
     — Peter Adamson
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Take religion seriously

Take religion seriously.
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Take metaphors seriously

Take metaphors seriously.
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Think about the audience

Think about the audience.
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Think critically

Think critically.
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Silence is not louder than words

Silence is not louder than words.
     — Peter Adamson
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Learn the terminology

Learn the terminology.
     — Peter Adamson
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Read the whole text

Read the whole text.
     — Peter Adamson
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Ask yourself why they care

Ask yourself why they care.
     — Peter Adamson
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Learn some dates

Learn some dates.
     — Peter Adamson
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Take "minor" figures seriously

Take "minor" figures seriously.
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Respect the context

Respect the context.
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Suspect the text

Suspect the text.
     — Peter Adamson
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Respect the text

Respect the text.
     — Peter Adamson
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Independently

It's possible for the same idea to appear independently more than once.
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