Part of the School of Philosophy
Introduction and description 
Welcome to the Department of Philosophy at Wikiversity. The question "what is philosophy" is itself a philosophical question that has yet to be settled. If you would like some direction, you can start with definitions, or see what prominent philosophers have called this process of inquiry.
The term "philosophy" comes from two Greek root words: φιλο; or "philo" meaning a (brotherly) love, and σοφία (or "sophia"); meaning wisdom. Philosophers are lovers of wisdom, and more than that, they are persons who never lose the capacity to be amazed, whose biases are always open to review, and who strive to live the Good Life and find its meaning. Philosophy can be understood as a process by which anyone can understand any other field of study or phenomenon, so there are philosophies of science and history.
Basic branches of philosophy include aesthetics, ethics (which are sometimes grouped together as axiology), and metaphysics. These fields respectively ask questions about what is beautiful, good, and true. At times, ontology is thought of as another branch of philosophy, asking what basic categories there are.
By taking a philosophy course, you invite yourself to challenge and refine any and all of your beliefs. You will be presented tools for critical thinking that can open up new worlds in the life of the mind.
Philosophy topics 
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- Philosophy 1000 - Introduction to Philosophy
- Philosophy 1100 - Introduction to Ethics
- Philosophy 2000 - Introduction to Logic
- Philosophy 2100 - Introduction to Metaphysics
- Philosophy 2200 - Introduction to Aesthetics
- Philosophy 2300 - Eastern Philosophy
- Philosophy 2400 - Western Philosophy
- Philosophy 2500 - History of Philosophy
- Philosophy 2600 - Symbolic Logic
- Philosophy 2700 - Philosophy of Religion
- Philosophy 2800 - Philosophy of Science
- Philosophy 2900 - Philosophy of Language and Linguistics
- Philosophy 3000 - Ontology
- Philosophy 3100 - Mind
- Philosophy 3200 - Personhood and Identity
- Philosophy 3300 - Introduction to Metaphysics
- Philosophy 3400 - Introduction to Epistemology
- Philosophy 3500 - The State and Law
- Philosophy 3600 - History of philosophy series:
- Philosophy 3700 - Paradoxes
- Philosophy 3800 - God and Theology
- Philosophy 3900 - Contemporary Ethical Issues
- Philosophy 4000 - Individual studies series:
- Philosophy 4000 - Socrates and Plato
- Philosophy 4001 - Aristotle
- Philosophy 4002 - Augustine of Hippo
- Philosophy 4003 - Anicius Manlius Severinus Boethius
- Philosophy 4004 - Thomas Aquinas
- Philosophy 4005 - René Descartes
- Philosophy 4006 - David Hume
- Philosophy 4007 - Immanuel Kant
- Philosophy 4008 - John Locke
- Philosophy 4009 - Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
- Philosophy 4010 - John Stuart Mill
- Philosophy 4011 - Søren Kierkegaard
- Philosophy 4012 - Friedrich Nietzsche
- Philosophy 4013 - John Dewey
- Philosophy 4014 - Bertrand Russell
- Philosophy 4015 - Ludwig Wittgenstein
- Philosophy 4016 - Jean-Paul Sartre
- Philosophy 4100 - Philosophical schools series:
- Philosophy 4101 - Empiricism
- Philosophy 4102 - Existentialism
- Philosophy 4103 - Platonism
- Philosophy 4104 - Postmodernism (includes Critical theory, deconstructivism, and Poststructuralism)
- Philosophy 4105 - Rationalism
- Philosophy 4106 - Skepticism
- Philosophy 4107 - Utilitarianism and Consequentialism
- Philosophy 4200 - Religious philosophy series:
- Philosophy 4300 - Political Ideologies
- Philosophy 4400 - Free Will
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External resources 
- Guide to Philosophy on the Internet
- The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy
- Philosophical Dictionary
- Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
- Yahoo!'s philosophy directory
- Search Google for philosophy
- Ways of Figuring Things Out]
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