I was a philosophy minor in college, and I’ve been meaning to go back and read a lot of foundational texts on the subject for awhile now. Russell’s book seemed like a good place to start, as it provides basic context on the major “problems” of philosophy.
This is a book by a man who believed strongly in a great many things that I disagree with. Richard M. Weaver, by all accounts, was a crotchety kind of gentleman, born and raised in the South, who was horrified by the loss of gentility and chivalry and God-fearing that infected the entire United States after the South lost the Civil War.
I was in AP English classes throughout high school. The benefit of this is that I got to read a lot of challenging, complex works – books like Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and Brave New World, which made tremendous contributions to my love of literature.