THE FIELDS OF PHILOSOPHY

BRANCHES & TYPES

3 Major Questions
‡ What is real? ‡ How do we know? ‡ What is good, right or beautiful?
These three questions correspond to the traditional three major branches of philosophy: Metaphysics, Epistemology, and Axiology. Metaphysics
What is Real?

Epistemology
How do we know? What can we know?

Axiology
What is good, right, or beautiful?

We can roughly place under these three classifications all the other types and systems of philosophy.

Metaphysics
‡ Ontology
‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ Psychology Cosmology Theodicy Existentialism Phenomenology

Epistemology
‡ Philosophy of Science
‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ Psychology Analytic Philosophy Pragmaticism Logic Empiricism Rationalism

Axiology
‡ Ethics ‡ Social Philosophy ‡ Aesthetics

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