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What is your Personal Philosophy?

What is Your Personal Philosophy?

What is Your Personal Philosophy?

Your personality is the expression of your personal philosophy. Philosophy is the bedrock that underpins every human personality and every human culture.

The society you live in is an expression of the dominant philosophies contained within its boundaries. Your personal philosophy determines how your life turns out.

Philosophy has a hierarchical structure that may be likened to a tall building with six floors:

At the base is Metaphysics, then epistemology, then Nature of Man, ethics (morality), politics, and finally, aesthetics.

If you think of the floors of a tall building, then philosophy looks like this:

6. Aesthetics: How should people express themselves artistically?

5. Politics: How should people organise societies, and economies?

4. Ethics, morality: How should people act? What is right and wrong? Good or evil?

3. Nature of Man: What are the essential attributes of people?

2. Epistemology is the study of human knowledge: Can people be certain of anything?

1. Metaphysics is the study of the universe as a whole, its substance and the laws that govern it.

On each of the above floors, there are multiple departments, each containing many questions to be answered.

For example:

Metaphysical / epistemological questions include:

  • Does GOD exist in reality, or is he simply a creation of peoples imaginative mind?
  • If God does exist, what would that mean for the standing and status of people in the universe, is human life significant or not?
  • What is right and wrong, good or evil?
  • And what would the existence of God mean for our social and political structures?
  • And what if God did not exist, how would that change your view of yourself, your view of ethics, and the nature of society?

Epistemology questions might include:

  • Can people know anything for certain.
  • If yes, then how?
  • If no, then what is the point of learning anything, if you cannot be sure you are not wrong?

Nature of Man questions include:

  • How do you see your place in the scheme of things?
  • Do you see yourself as a failure, capable of nothing but uncertainty and self-doubt, or as an heroic figure, capable of achieving any goal you set for yourself?

You can see how profound philosophic questions are.

The answers you give to such questions, will determine your personal philosophy, and your personal philosophy will determine how you think, feel and act, and therefore how your life is likely to turn out.

That is why you should study philosophy.

If you want to learn more, please attend our personal development training course, which will improve your reasoning and critical thinking skills.

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