Of The Five Branches of Philosophy, Metaphysics is First and Foremost.



The five branches of philosophy are:


  1.  Metaphysics (the true nature of reality)
  2.  Epistemology (the true nature of knowledge and belief)
  3.  Politics (how humans function within a society)
  4.  Ethics (values and decision making process)
  5.  Esthetics (the nature of beauty and art)


Metaphysics - the study of the true nature of reality - forms the basis from which we perceive and give meaning to our world. As such, how we understand metaphysics forms the foundation for all other philosophical studies, as well as how we apply our resulting belief systems to our lives.


Why is the study of Metaphysics so important?


I think Landauer and Rowlands (ImportanceOfPhilosophy.com) say it best;


"The degree to which our metaphysical worldview is correct is the degree to which we are able to comprehend the world, and act accordingly. Without this firm foundation, all knowledge becomes suspect. Any flaw in our view of reality will make it more difficult to live."


Metaphysics - our understanding of who we are, why we are here, the true nature of our reality and the people, places, and things we experience - forms the foundation for how we think, feel and behave in life.


Metaphysics is central to, and is the core of, all other branches of philosophy. It must come "first" if we wish to grasp the workings of the world and our own heart, mind, body and soul  - which is why Aristotle called it "First Philosophy".


As you explore this site, you will find articles that touch upon the branches of philosophy. 



At Metaphysics for Life the focus is on the role of the human mind and heart and the role these play in our perception of both physical and non-physical reality. Whatever reality might be made of, it is our perception - consciousness, thoughts and feelings - that create what we call a life experience and our personal philosophy or worldview.


Philosophy is the result of human experience, self awareness, logical thought, and the meaning we give to that experience. When we study philosophy in books and classrooms, we are learning about what others have thought, felt and done before us.


To connect your own mind and heart, connect to Source, and start exploring metaphysics through your own direct experience,  check out Metaphysics-for-Life's Creating A Mind With Heart.


The Foundation for Creating A Mind With Heart offers a free ebook that will teach you how to use your current life experience to identify fear based beliefs, directly access knowledge and truth, enjoy better relationships, make better choices for your life, and create a more beautiful world for yourself and others.

In other words, it can help you explore the branches of philosophy from the point of view of your own life experience!


As you explore the branches of philosophy, remember to keep Metaphysics first and foremost.


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