Theoretical philosophy

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The division of philosophy into a practical and a theoretical discipline has its origin in Aristotle's moral philosophy and natural philosophy categories. In Denmark,[1] Finland,[2] Germany,[3] Netherlands,[4] Sweden,[5] and United States[6] courses in theoretical and practical philosophy are taught separately, and are separate degrees. Other countries may use a similar scheme—some Scottish universities, for example, divide philosophy into logic, metaphysics, and ethics—but in most universities around the world philosophy is taught as a single subject. There is also a unified philosophy subject in some Swedish universities, such as Södertörns Högskola.

Theoretical philosophy is sometimes confused with Analytic philosophy, but the latter is a philosophical movement, embracing certain ideas and methods but dealing with all philosophical subject matters, while the former is a way of sorting philosophical questions into two different categories in the context of a curriculum.

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  1. ^ Solvang, Lin (3 June 2015). "Theoretical Philosophy". Retrieved 31 January 2017.
  2. ^ "Theoretical Philosophy - University of Helsinki". Retrieved 30 January 2017.
  3. ^ "Theoretical Philosophy | Philosophisches Seminar - English". (in German). Retrieved 31 January 2017.
  4. ^ "Theoretical Philosophy". Universiteit Utrecht. 5 December 2014. Retrieved 31 January 2017.
  5. ^ "Theoretical Philosophy | Department of Philosophy, Lund University". Retrieved 30 January 2017.
  6. ^ "Theoretical Philosophy | Philosophy". Retrieved 31 January 2017.