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  • Philosophy

    Philosophy is the field of study that finds answers to life’s fundamental questions like existence, truth, reason, knowledge, death, and much more. Questioning, systemic presentation, critical discussion, and rational arguments are some of the methods of approaching philosophy. Questions like, “Is it possible to prove knowledge?” or “Is it better to be just or unjust?” are some examples of philosophical discussions. Every culture has its own philosophical beliefs, and they often differ from one another.

    The Five Branches of Philosophy

    There are 5 branches of philosophy, namely:

    • Metaphysics: This branch answers general questions of reality such as existence, time, objects, and their properties. It searches for the connection between body and mind. Cosmology, which deals with the study of the Earth and the study of being, is a part of Metaphysics.
    • Ethics: This deals with the eternal dilemma of what is right and what is wrong. It explores the difference between good and bad, moral and amoral, etc. It investigates the quality of life based on standards of morality.
    • Aesthetics: The branch of aesthetics deals with the critical appreciation of art, music, culture, and nature. It perceives art and nature through the lens of beauty, taste, enjoyment, emotional core, etc.
    • Epistemology: This is the study of knowledge. It deals with pressing questions like “what is truth” and “Can beliefs be justified as knowledge?” Skepticism, rationalism, empiricism, foundationism, and coherentism are some of the concepts in Epistemology.
    • Logic: This is the study of reasoning and argument. Deductive reasoning and rules of inference are some of the most common concepts of this branch of philosophy.

    Greek philosophers like Plato, Socrates, Pythagoras, and Aristotle are widely popular among the students of philosophy. Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment, Friedrich Nietzsche’s Thus Spoke Zarathustra, and William Golding’s Lord of the Flies are some of the popular philosophical works.

    Here is a comprehensive list of essays for you to read to explore the nuances of various branches of philosophy:

  • Philosophy

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    Many philosophers said that the philosophy is almost in the end. It¡¦s ¡§the death of philosophy¡¨. Maybe because most of the people only focus on how to make a living nowadays, besides, no work, no pay, I don¡¦t blame them. Also the dominating trend of science, people are tend to be more realistic and practical thinking, more incline on material satisfation. Although many top scientists know the importance of philosophy and the existence of the unseen dimension but most of the people don¡¦t

  • Philosophy

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    Philosophy Philosophy started when human beings started to ask questions, about how and what things are actually, due to curiosity. The things that caused these questions to come about were the people started to realize that everything isn’t exactly what it appears to be. Philosophy started in the town of Miletus, many early philosophers came from here. The philosophers started their work around 585 B.C. Thales, one of the early Miletus philosophers, left no writings behind, all we know about

  • philosophy

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    order to make an objective conclusion from the analysis of the statement, it is imperative to consider the differences in people’s perception prior to solving the epistemological problem. Consequently, the examination of the classical theories of philosophy is essential in the analysis of the puzzle. This is because there exist differences in human understanding and as such, the differences determine the outcome of the analysis. The puzzle For the case of the falling of the tree, the paper will use

  • Philosophy

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    Philosophy “Theories of Connectivity” paints a picture of our tomorrow. It names some of the advancements that we have made in technological areas. Everyday computer companies and universities are devising ways to insert computer systems into every facet of our lives. They have made GPS systems for our cars, palm pilots for easy Internet access, and digital jewelery for easy communication and information storage. We are in an age of network. “The average American house already contains more than

  • philosophy

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    Chapter’s 3 & 4 Synopsis Chapters 3 & 4 Synopsis I believe the assumption of an external reality is the assumption that there is a real world that is external to our mind and senses, and that it exists whether or not we as observers exist, and whether or not we are observing it. This assumption cannot be proved because all of our perceptions, without exception, are mental images, and we have no means to go beyond our mental images. It is one we

  • Philosophy Vs. Philosophy: Buddhism, A Religion And Philosophy

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    is a religion or philosophy? Buddhism is the teaching that life is full of suffering caused by bad desire. Buddhism’s goal is to reach enlightenment through wisdom and meditation to release oneself from rebirth, suffering, and desire. Buddhism can be taught and disciplined in a fellowship setting but it can be done solo, and it runs by a "cause and effect" theory closely relating it to a philosophy or science; calling Buddhism a science is extreme, thus Buddhism is a philosophy. While exploring this

  • Philosophy

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    Interpreting Plato Alfred North Whitehead once remarked that all of philosophy is but a footnote to Plato. This proves true in the case of St. Augustine’s Confessions, where he specifies Plato’s good as God by personalizing the forms, Eros, sin, and recollection. Specifically, Augustine’s idea of “original sin,” forgetfulness and recollection follow the philosophy of Plato, bringing them into the “God realm,” rather leaving them in a figurative sense open for interpretation. In the Confessions,

  • Essay On Philosophy Of Philosophy

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    When you think of philosophy what comes to mind? Old men sitting in a circle asking what is the meaning of life? Contemplating questions such as why are we here? There are many negative views on the subject and far too many misconceptions when it comes to the study of Philosophy. Philosophic pursuit can be made into any subject because philosophy deals with everything in the world and all of knowledge. Traditionally, however, philosophy is divided into five branches; metaphysics, epistemology, logic

  • Philosophy

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    Philosophy “Man’s life is a line that nature commands him to describe upon the surface of the Earth without ever being able to swerve from it, even for an instant…His organization does in nowise depend upon himself, his ideas come to him involuntarily, his habits are in the power of those who cause him to contract them…He is good or bad, happy or miserable, wise or foolish, reasonable or irrational, without his will being for anything in these various states.” -D’Holbach I believe D’Holbach is