The Metaphysics For Life
WEEK 3 - Philosophy of Metaphysics

This week we will explore the Philosophy of Metaphysics

What is Philosophy? And why is it important to your personal life experience?

Philosophy is defined as:

"The study of the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality, and existence; the pursuit of wisdom; a discipline comprising as its core logic, aesthetics, ethics, metaphysics, and epistemology."

Some philosophers define philosophy as the "love of wisdom" - a passion for the pursuit of knowledge of the true nature of our existence.

Philosophy has also been defined as "exclusive of technical precepts and practical arts" (Merriam-Webster). In other words, philosophical study is sometimes seen as impractical or not useful in everyday real life.

Let's take another look at the Philosophy of Metaphysics, and why it might be the most important thing to study for your life.

The study of philosophy consists of Five Branches or divisions: 

  1. Metaphysics (the study of the nature of reality) 
  2. Epistemology (the study of knowledge and belief)
  3. Politics (study of society and relations)
  4. Ethics (personal right and wrong action)
  5. Art (or Aesthetics) (study of the creative process)

Of these Five Branches, Metaphysics is considered first and foremost with the remaining four being "subsets" of metaphysics.

In other words, your metaphysical philosophy shapes, and is shaped by, what you think and believe (Epistemology), how you relate to others (Politics), how you choose to act (Ethics), and what you choose to create (Art or Aesthetics).

Metaphysics is first and foremost in philosophy because it is first and foremost in shaping who you think you are, the kind of relationships you will experience, what you choose to do, and how you perceive the world you live in. 

What could be more important to your personal life than that?

And it all begins with Metaphysics.

This Week's Assignment

This week, click on the PHILOSOPHY button of the Navigation bar

or,click HERE to open the page in a new tab

Begin exploring the links to pages and websites about the branches of philosophy, books and articles written by students and teachers, and find out where you can study and obtain a degree. Watch the embedded videos to get a quick overview of Aristotle, metaphysics, and philosophy.

Use the Study Guide Quiz Questions below to help guide you.

When you are done with this week's assignment, complete and submit the WEEKLY QUIZ below.

Submit the Quiz and the results will be sent to your email inbox along with a LINK to WEEK 4 - Famous Scientists and Philosophers

Metaphysics For Life Study Guide QUIZ

Please note that all fields followed by an asterisk must be filled in.
a) the study of the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality, and existence
b) the pursuit of wisdom
c) exclusive of technical precepts and practical arts
d) all of the above
a) the love of wisdom relating to the true nature of all things
b) a branch of philosophy that is first and foremost relative to the Five Branches of Philosophy
c) a branch of philosophy useful to the ancient Greeks but not relevant to modern society
d) all of the above
e) both a) and b)
a) the Big Questions, such as "Who are we? Why are we here? Does Truth exist? Is there a God? What is the nature of cause and effect?"
b) the never ending and futile attempt to apply metaphysics to real everyday life
c) the scorn and disrespect of scientists and engineers who make real and valuable contributions to society
d) a total lack of interest in their work from the general public
a) Metaphysics
b) Epistemology
c) Politics
d) Ethics
e) Art or Esthetics
f) all of the above
a) it was written about first and before the others by Aristotle
b) it answers the question "Does God exist?"
c) what you think, feel, and believe about the true nature of reality has an impact on every area of your life
a) one of the three major subjects of Aristotle's Metaphysics
b) the search for an underlying principle that is common to all that exists
c) limited by the capacity of the human mind to perceive that which is limitless
d) all of the above
a) a branch of Metaphysics that explores the true nature of God
b) the study of the true nature of human belief in God
c) a religious cult that tries to use sound metaphysical principles to give credibility to pure fantasy
a) is a ridiculous concept based upon the human Mind attempting to understand itself - which is impossible!
b) or the intellectual study of Mind, can be accomplished by observing physical experience - which provides a "mirror" of what exists within the Mind
c) is a recent fad among younger philosophy students, with little basis or foundation in the ancient and proven philosophical studies
a) is a just a muscle that pumps blood throughout the body
b) can provide access to insight and inspiration that can answer the Big Questions of Philosophy in ways that the brain is incapable of achieving
c) is the first major organ to form in the human fetus, and sends out signals that guide the formation of the rest of the body including the brain
d) both b) and c)
e) all of the above


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