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PHILOSOPHICAL FIELDS Theoretical Philosophy Theoretical philosophy studies the

principles of human knowledge, the development of science and the basis for scientific
knowledge, the principles of thought, argumentation and communication, the nature of
language and consciousness, metaphysics, and the history of the subject itself. The following
subjects are included in the field of theoretical philosophy:
2. 5. PHILOSOPHICAL FIELDS Theoretical Philosophy Logic - It examines the rules of
sound reasoning, formal language and philosophical applications of logical concept analysis.
Epistemology - It examines the possibility and limits, the bases and certainty of knowledge.
3. 6. PHILOSOPHICAL FIELDS Theoretical Philosophy Ontology - It is the philosophical
study of the nature of being, becoming, existence, or reality, as well as the basic categories
of being and their relations. Philosophy of Language - It examines in particular the
interrelationship between language and reality and the nature of linguistic meaning and the
use of language.
4. 7. PHILOSOPHICAL FIELDS Theoretical Philosophy Philosophy of Mind - the nature of
thought and other cognitive actions and their relationship to the brain and reality.
Philosophy of Science - It is divided into the general philosophy of science, which examines
the goals and method of science as well as the nature of scientific research, and
philosophies of the special sciences concerning concept and theory formation in the special
5. 8. PHILOSOPHICAL FIELDS Theoretical Philosophy Philosophy of History - It examines
the development of the main disciplines of philosophy from antiquity to the modern age.
Studies in theoretical philosophy provide an introduction to human reasoning and the
knowledge relating to it, and its different fields support each other. The studies give students
systematic knowledge of philosophy as a discipline and training in philosophical analysis and
6. 9. PHILOSOPHICAL FIELDS Practical Philosophy Practical philosophy can be defined as
the study of the philosophical foundations of "practical thought", with a particular emphasis
on values, attitudes to life and norms of behaviour. The following subjects are included in the
field of practical philosophy:
7. 10. PHILOSOPHICAL FIELDS Practical Philosophy Ethics - It is the formal study of moral
standards and conduct and is also often called "moral philosophy." What is good? What is
evil? How should I behave - and why? How should I balance my needs against the needs of
others? These are some of the questions asked in the field of ethics.
8. 11. PHILOSOPHICAL FIELDS Practical Philosophy Axiology - It is the philosophical study
of value. It is either the collective term for ethics and aesthetics. Axiology studies mainly two
kinds of values: ethics and aesthetics. Ethics investigates the concepts of "right" and "good"
in individual and social conduct. Aesthetics studies the concepts of "beauty" and "harmony."
9. 12. PHILOSOPHICAL FIELDS Practical Philosophy Political Philosophy - the term "political
philosophy" often refers to a general view, or specific ethic, political belief or attitude, about
politics, synonymous to the term "political ideology". - Political philosophy is the study of
topics such as politics, liberty, justice, property, rights, law, and the enforcement of a legal
code by authority:

10. 13. PHILOSOPHICAL FIELDS Practical Philosophy Decision Theory - Also known as the
theory of choice in economics, psychology, philosophy, mathematics, computer science, and
statistics is concerned with identifying the values, uncertainties and other issues relevant in a
given decision, its rationality, and the resulting optimal decision.
11. 14. PHILOSOPHICAL FIELDS Practical Philosophy Philosophy of Action - is an area in
philosophy concerned with theories about the processes causing willful human bodily
movements of more or less complex kind. This area of thought has attracted the strong
interest of philosophers ever since Aristotles Nicomachean Ethics (Third Book). With the
advent of psychology and later neuroscience, many theories of action are now subject to
empirical testing.


Theoretical knowledge teaches the why. It helps you

understand why one technique works where another fails. It shows

you the whole forest, builds the context, and helps you set
strategy. Where self education is concerned theory prepares you to
set a direction for your future education. Theory teaches you
through the experience of others.

Theoretical knowledge can often lead to a deeper understand

of a concept through seeing it in context of a greater whole and

understanding the why behind it..

Practical knowledge helps you acquire the specific

techniques that become the tools of your trade. It sits much closer
to your actual day-to-day work. There are some things you can only
learn through doing and experiencing. Where theory is often
taught in the ideal of a vacuum, the practical is learned through the
reality of life.

Practical knowledge can often lead to a deeper understanding

of a concept through the act of doing and personal experience.


Both of the above are important. You wont survive in any

career unless you can bring results and to do that you need
practical knowledge. Theres no avoiding it.