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

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