Metaphysics And Epistemology : The Philosophy Of Philosophy Essay

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Metaphysics and Epistemology The history of philosophy begins with the Pre-Socratic period. The period is named because it was the period before the philosopher Socrates was born. The philosophers that lived during the Pre-Socratic period came up with the idea of metaphysics. Metaphysics is the branch of philosophy that studies the nature of reality. Socrates was born in 471 BC and brought an end to the Pre-Socratic period and brought the beginning to many new branches of philosophy such as Epistemology, the study of nature and knowledge (A Quick History of Philosophy - General - The Basics of Philosophy). Philosophy is the study of theoretical basis of a branch of knowledge and started around the year 620 BC when Thales theorized that water made up all living things. People of higher social standing in Greece at the time thought this to be incorrect and spread rumors and lies about Thales. Anaximander was a philosopher who came around after Thales but supported everything Thales had theorized. Anaximander also proposed questions such as, is the unlimited an element or a mixture of elements? Is it qualitatively simple or complex? These questions were the basis of all philosophy (History of Philosophy 1). Thales and Anaximander were the two people who started it the idea of philosophy but the father of philosophy known today is Socrates, who was the first Greek philosopher who created a method of inquiry known as “dialectics”. Dialectics was a dialogue between individuals…

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