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List of philosophy topics

For other uses, see Philosophy (disambiguation).

The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to philosophy:

Philosophy – study of general and fundamental problems concerning matters such as existence, knowledge, values, reason, mind, and language.[1][2] It is distinguished from other ways of addressing fundamental questions (such as mysticism, myth, or the arts) by its critical, generally systematic approach and its reliance on rational argument.[3] The word "Philosophy" comes from the Greek philosophia (φιλοσοφία), which literally means "love of wisdom".[4][5][6]

Core areas of philosophy

The core areas of philosophy are:

Major fields of philosophy

Other than the core areas, there are several fields of study formally within philosophy. They are:

History of philosophy

Main article: History of philosophy

Ancient philosophy

Main article: Ancient philosophy

Western philosophy

Main article: Western philosophy

Eastern philosophy

Main article: Eastern philosophy

Contemporary philosophy

Philosophical theories

Major traditions in philosophy


Main articles: Anarchism and Outline of anarchism

Analytic philosophy

Main article: Analytic philosophy

Continental philosophy

Eastern philosophy

Main article: Eastern philosophy

Marxist thought

Main article: Marxism

Philosophical movements





Philosophies by branch






Social and political philosophy

Philosophy of language

Philosophy of law

Philosophy of mind

Philosophy of religion

Metatheory of science

Philosophical concepts

Philosophical literature

Main article: List of philosophical literature


Main article: Lists of philosophers

See also


External links

  • PhilPapers academic directory.
  • PhilPapers – comprehensive directory of online philosophical articles and books.
  • Dictionary of Philosophical Terms and Names
  • EpistemeLinks: Philosophy Resources on the Internet
  • Guide to Philosophy on the Internet
  • The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy
  • The Ism Book
  • Introducing Philosophy Series. By Paul Newall (for beginners)
  • Philosophical positions (philosophy, movement, school, theory, etc.)
  • The Problems of Philosophy, by Bertrand Russell (links provided to full text)
  • Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
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