Branches of Philosophy: Epistemology, Metaphysics and Ethics

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Philosophy is the careful study if the states of, validity, existence, and conduct. It comes from the Greek word, philosophia, which translates into “the love of wisdom”. Philosophy encompasses a vast range of topics and ever person, place, thing, and idea has its roots embedded in it. For the purpose of this paper, I will be only covering the branches of epistemology, metaphysics, and ethics. These branches serve as the building blocks for studying and teaching philosophy. While examining these building blocks, I will argue why philosophy should be studied.

Everything I know was told to me by someone else and that person was also told everything that she or she knows by someone else. However, the question is how much of what I know is valid. Epistemology explores this concept stringently because after all we are human beings; therefore, we are bound to make errors when divulging knowledge. Human error accounts for over half of all the mistakes made in a person’s lifetime, whether it is a car accident to a banking error, there is usually a human being behind that mistake. Philosophy facilities in the questioning and answering sections to make sure that there is not any error in the information that has been giving and if there is an error, philosophy allows for the deduction on how much error is acceptable. It just like when someone tells me a story about something that happened to him or her, whether she or he experienced it personally, witnessed it, or heard about it. I always ask myself, how much of what this person is telling me is the actual truth? I could not possibly know if all or how much of the story that I am being told is the truth, unless I was present to witness the event that took place or there was video or audio ...

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...very different from yours and by taking a philosophical stance, then you and U can both come to our own conclusions. Philosophy should be studied because its core concepts are what make up the bases of law and order throughout our entire society. For example, the Freedom of Information Act, says citizens have the right to be informed is he or she so chooses to be. This act came for a philosophical stance.

Philosophy is the reasoning behind the action’s one makes in regards to the quest to obtain knowledge, by establishing validity, existence, and behavior patterns. It goes beyond the daily rhetoric and deciphers the fundamental analysis of logical thinking. It educates and demises assumptions that are political correct or stereotypical. In order to study philosophy, one has to be open minded, so that new knowledge can be gain and old knowledge can be re-evaluated.

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