The main branches of philosphy

Now, when I tell most people that I’m very much into philosophy, after their eyerolls subside, I start explaining to their blank faces. How philosophy still has value after what was called “natural philosophy” started being called “science”. There are 4 branches of philosophy, in order of importance:

Aesthetics: The study of beauty and ugliness, this is an entirely subjective branch that I will agree has little value, what is beautiful and what is ugly? That is in the eye of the beholder and quite frankly who cares?

Ethics: The study of what is permissible. A field to which I have devoted a lot of study, only to find that it is an emotionally ruled filed. I have found that people who have authoritarian leanings tend to be more deontological and people who like me have more libertarian leanings tend to be more consequentialist.

Metaphysics: The study of existence. What exists. Typically used a lot in religious debates.

Politics: The study of force. How should you organize society.

Epistemology: The study of knowledge, or rather theory of knowledge. What can we know, how do we know, can we know.





3 comments on “The main branches of philosphy

  1. Do you understand Kant’s revolution in epistemology?

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    • To some extent, I’m not really an expert in Kant. Kant’s approach to empiricism is to state that things appear to us in terms of how we experience them, there is no certainty in our perceptions. For instance, a being who is outside of time for instance would see things differently.

      So, in Kant’s view, rationality is a structure, and empiricism is the content of that structure.If you’re interested, I can add it to the list of planned posts. I figure I need to break up the ongoing “Fun with fallacies” series I’m doing.

      It is about that that I revisit Kant, it’s been about 15 years since I read him last.


  2. Yes, I will be very interested to read your post on Kant’s epistemology. If you like go through my post,”What exists and what is perceived to exist” on it might give you some ideas to refute or accept.


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