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Thursday, February 22, 2018

What is philosophy?


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What is philosophy? Here is my definition:


Philosophy is the study of fundamental nature


I believe when people use the word philosophy, they are referring to the underlying roots of something. There are many types of 'philosophy'. For example, the 'philosophy of economics' is focused on things like the definition of economics and whether economics is a science. Another example, the 'philosophy of law' has to do with basic concepts like justice, freedom and liberty.


Philosophy in general has to do with epistemology, metaphysics, aesthetics, and ethics. Epistemology has to do with truth and how we acquire knowledge. Metaphysics has to do with transcendental reality and other dimensions. Aesthetics has to do with beauty. Ethics has do with good and bad behavior. Reality is a very complicated place and philosophy tries to study the fundamental aspects governing it.



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