Intro to Philosophy Essay

646 WordsNov 12, 20143 Pages
Without knowing it I began taking a look at life from a philosophical stand point about three years ago when I began seeing a substance abuse counselor who introduced me to Carl Jung. Jung is not a philosopher, but learning about his view on the collective unconscious set me on a path of looking at myself, others, and the world differently. That is why I was very excited when I saw on my schedule that I would be taking a philosophy class. Critical thinking is not one of my strong points, so I am ready to open and expand my mind to things outside the preverbal box. There are many reasons to study philosophy. In my opinion the biggest one is to learn more about yourself. Are you simply a biological vessel or does your spirit determine who you are? By learning more about yourself you are able to become better in tune with those around you and your environment. Studying philosophy allows you to look beyond the simple answer for something more meaningful, something more in depth, and something more intellectual. Philosophy influences me by making me look at questions, situations, or problems from all angles. It helps me to understand that there is not simply a right or wrong answer to many of life’s tough questions. Philosophy can be broken down into six major branches: metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, political and social, aesthetics, and logic. Metaphysics is the study of the ultimate characteristics of reality or existence. Questions raised by metaphysics range from: what is the nature of reality to does God exist?. Epistemology is the study of knowledge, identifying and developing criteria and methodologies for what we know and why we know it. Epistemology questions things like truth, the source of knowledge and how to increase wisdom. Ethics is the study of moral values and principles and contemplates the way we should treat others, the relation

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