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What Is Philosophy?

Philosophy: from Greek philo "loving" and sophia "knowledge, wisdom"

Philosophers ask the most fundamental questions about reality, knowledge and morality. Progress in philosophical thought is gained through critical dialogue with other philosophers, systematic analysis of language and synthesis with other systems of thought, such as science and history.

Read essays in the four key branches of philosophy below. Essay contributions are welcomed.


Essays on the theory of knowledge, truth and justification


Essays on the nature of existence, properties and mind


Essays on the foundations of morality and practical guides for a moral life


Essays on the structure of language and rational argument


Reviews of books and journal articles on philosophical issues


Reflective thoughts on current and historical issues in philosophy


Useful and interesting philosophical resources available on the internet


Definitions of philosophical terms used on Rational Realm

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