Originally Posted by Bounder
All you really need to study this stuff is in interest in thinking. If you want to think, just dive in. Of course, you aren't going to understand it at first. You're going to have to back track and read up on new concepts you don't understand, etc. But that's the fun part. Studying these things is really a game. Taking a deep dive into something like Machiavelli is of no earthly use at all. But putting the pieces together can be an incredible rush. Of course, it can also make you extremely boring at dinner parties, so you have to be careful.
That's the thing though, without a "teacher" as if I were to take a course it is hard to make sense of things on your own. You may not even know the questions to ask to research on your own. Also, you may find something irrelevant when it isn't.