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Philosophy – The study of general and fundamental problems concerning matters such as existence, knowledge, values, reason, mind, and language.

Branches of philosophy

  • Aesthetics – The study of the nature of beauty, art, and taste, and with the creation and appreciation of beauty.
  • Epistemology – The study of knowledge and belief.
  • Ethics – The study of the right, the good, and the valuable. Includes study of applied ethics.
    • Sexual ethics – The study of sexual relations rooted in particular behaviors and standards.
  • Logic – The study of good reasoning, by examining the validity of arguments and documenting their fallacies.
  • Metaphysics – traditional branch of philosophy concerned with explaining the fundamental nature of being and the world that encompasses it, although the term is not easily defined.


  • Atheism – the rejection of belief in the existence of deities. In a narrower sense, atheism is specifically the position that there are no deities.
  • Critical theory – examination and critique of society and culture, drawing from knowledge across the social sciences and humanities.
  • Humanism – approach in study, philosophy, worldview or practice that focuses on human values and concerns.
  • Transhumanism – international intellectual and cultural movement that affirms the possibility and desirability of fundamentally transforming the human condition by developing and making widely available technologies to eliminate aging and to greatly enhance human intellectual, physical, and psychological capacities. It is often abbreviated as H+ or h+.
  • Political philosophies:
    • Anarchism – political philosophy which considers the state undesirable, unnecessary, and harmful, and instead promotes a stateless society, or anarchy.
    • Libertarianism – political philosophy that advocates minimization of the government and maximization of individual liberty and political freedom.
    • Right-wing populism – political philosophy that advocates protectionism and sovereignty.
  • Philosophical debates:

Thought – mental or intellectual activity involving an individual's subjective consciousness. It can refer either to the act of thinking or the resulting ideas or arrangements of ideas.

  • Neuroscience – scientific study of the nervous system.
  • Psychology – science of behavior and mental processes.