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Philosophical schools of thought and philosophical movements.

Philosophy Study of general and fundamental questions

Philosophy is the study of general and fundamental questions about existence, knowledge, values, reason, mind, and language. Such questions are often posed as problems to be studied or resolved. The term was probably coined by Pythagoras. Philosophical methods include questioning, critical discussion, rational argument, and systematic presentation. Classic philosophical questions include: Is it possible to know anything and to prove it? What is most real? Philosophers also pose more practical and concrete questions such as: Is there a best way to live? Is it better to be just or unjust? Do humans have free will?

A school of thought, or intellectual tradition, is the perspective of a group of people who share common characteristics of opinion or outlook of a philosophy, discipline, belief, social movement, economics, cultural movement, or art movement.

A philosophical movement is either the appearance or increased popularity of a specific school of philosophy, or a fairly broad but identifiable sea-change in philosophical thought on a particular subject. Major philosophical movements are often characterized with reference to the nation, language, or historical era in which they arose.



Absurdism - Actual idealism - Actualism - Advaita Vedanta - Aesthetic Realism - Aesthetics - African philosophy - Agential realism - Agnosticism - American philosophy - Anarchy - Animism - Antinatalism - Anti-realism - Antireductionism - Analytic philosophy - Anarchism - Ancient philosophy - Anthropocentrism - Anomalous monism - Applied ethics - Aristotelianism - Asceticism - Authoritarianism - Averroism - Avicennism - Axiology

Absurdism Conflict between the human tendency to seek inherent value and meaning in life and the human inability to find any in a purposeless, meaningless or chaotic and irrational universe

In philosophy, "the Absurd" refers to the conflict between the human tendency to seek inherent value and meaning in life and the human inability to find any in a purposeless, meaningless or chaotic and irrational universe. The universe and the human mind do not each separately cause the Absurd, but rather, the Absurd arises by the contradictory nature of the two existing simultaneously.

Actual idealism

Actual idealism was a form of idealism, developed by Giovanni Gentile, that grew into a 'grounded' idealism, contrasting the transcendental idealism of Immanuel Kant, and the absolute idealism of G. W. F. Hegel. To Gentile, who considered himself the "philosopher of Fascism," actualism was the sole remedy to philosophically preserving free agency, by making the act of thinking self-creative and, therefore, without any contingency and not in the potency of any other fact.

In contemporary analytic philosophy, actualism is the view that everything there is is actual. Another phrasing of the thesis is that the domain of unrestricted quantification ranges over all and only actual existents.


Ba'athism - Bioconservatism - Bioethics - Biolibertarianism - Biosophy - Buddhist philosophy -

Baathism Pan-Arabist and nationalist ideology

Ba'athism is an Arab nationalist ideology that promotes the development and creation of a unified Arab state through the leadership of a vanguard party over a progressive revolutionary government. The ideology is officially based on the theories of the Syrian intellectuals Michel Aflaq, Zaki al-Arsuzi and Salah al-Din al-Bitar.

Bioconservatism is a stance of hesitancy and skepticism regarding radical technological advances, especially those that seek to modify or enhance the human condition. Bioconservatism is characterized by a belief that technological trends in today's society risk compromising human dignity, and by opposition to movements and technologies including transhumanism, human genetic modification, "strong" artificial intelligence, and the technological singularity. Many bioconservatives also oppose the use of technologies such as life extension and preimplantation genetic screening.

Bioethics is the study of the ethical issues emerging from advances in biology and medicine. It is also moral discernment as it relates to medical policy and practice. Bioethics are concerned with the ethical questions that arise in the relationships among life sciences, biotechnology, medicine and medical ethics, politics, law, theology and philosophy. It includes the study of values relating to primary care and other branches of medicine. Ethics also relates to many other sciences outside the realm of biological sciences.


Calvinism - Capitalism - Cartesianism - Categorical imperative - Chaos theory - Charvaka - Chinese naturalism - Chinese philosophy - Christian existentialism - Christian humanism - Christian philosophy - Collectivism - Cognitivism - Communitarianism - Compatibilism and incompatibilism - Confirmation holism - Confucianism - Consequentialism - Conservatism - Constructivist epistemology - Continental philosophy - Cosmopolitanism - Critical rationalism - Critical realism - Cynicism - Czech philosophy

Calvinism Protestant branch of Christianity

Calvinism is a major branch of Protestantism that follows the theological tradition and forms of Christian practice set down by John Calvin and other Reformation-era theologians.

Capitalism is an economic system based on the private ownership of the means of production and their operation for profit. Characteristics central to capitalism include private property, capital accumulation, wage labor, voluntary exchange, a price system and competitive markets. In a capitalist market economy, decision-making and investments are determined by every owner of wealth, property or production ability in financial and capital markets, whereas prices and the distribution of goods and services are mainly determined by competition in goods and services markets.

Cartesianism philosophical and scientific system of René Descartes

The Cartesian Method is the philosophical and scientific system of René Descartes and its subsequent development by other seventeenth century thinkers, most notably François Poullain de la Barre, Nicolas Malebranche and Baruch Spinoza. Descartes is often regarded as the first thinker to emphasize the use of reason to develop the natural sciences. For him, the philosophy was a thinking system that embodied all knowledge, and expressed it in this way:


Danish philosophy - Daoism - Deconstruction - Deism - Denialism - Deontology - Determinism - Dialectic - Dialectical materialism - Didacticism - Digital philosophy - Discordianism - Dualistic cosmology - Dvaita

Danish philosophy has a long tradition as part of Western philosophy.

Originated by the philosopher Jacques Derrida, deconstruction is an approach to understanding the relationship between text and meaning. Derrida's approach consisted of conducting readings of texts looking for things that run counter to the intended meaning or structural unity of a particular text. The purpose of deconstruction is to show that the usage of language in a given text, and language as a whole, are irreducibly complex, unstable, or impossible. Throughout his readings, Derrida hoped to show deconstruction at work.

Deism is the philosophical belief which posits that although God exists as the uncaused First Cause – ultimately responsible for the creation of the universe – God does not interact directly with that subsequently created world. Equivalently, deism can also be defined as the view which asserts God's existence as the cause of all things, and admits its perfection but rejects divine revelation or direct intervention of God in the universe by miracles. It also rejects revelation as a source of religious knowledge and asserts that reason and observation of the natural world are sufficient to determine the existence of a single creator or absolute principle of the universe.


Ecocentrism - Ecumenism - Egalitarianism - Egocentrism - Eliminative materialism - Empiricism - Ephesian school - Epiphenomenalism - Epicureanism - Epistemological nihilism - Epistemology - Esotericism - Ethics - Eudaimonism - Existentialism - Externalism


Feminist philosophy - Filial piety - Foundationalism - Free will - Fundamentalism


German idealism - German philosophy - Greek philosophy


Hedonism - Hegelianism - Hermeticism - Heterophenomenology - Hindu philosophy - Historical materialism - Historicism - Holism - Hongaku - Humanism - Humanistic naturalism


Idealism - Identityism - Ideological criticism - Ignosticism - Illegalism - Illuminationism - Individualism - Indian logic - Indian philosophy - Indonesian philosophy - Induction / Inductionism - Informal logic - Innatism - Instrumental rationality - Instrumentalism - Interactionism (philosophy of mind) - Internalism and externalism - Intuitionism - Iranian philosophy - Irrealism - Islamic ethics - Islamic philosophy


Japanese philosophy - Jewish philosophy - Juche - Judeo-Islamic philosophies (800–1400) - Just war theory


Kantianism - Korean philosophy


Legalism - Leibnizianism - Liberalism - Libertarianism (metaphysics) - Libertarianism - Logic / Informal logic - Logical atomism - Logical positivism - Logicians - Logicism - Logic in China - Logic in Islamic philosophy -


Maoism - Marxism - Marxist philosophy of nature - Materialism - Mathematicism - Medical ethics - Medieval philosophy - Medievalism - Mentalism - Mereological nihilism - Meta-philosophy - Metaphysics - Meta-ethics - Mimamsa - Mind-body dualism - Misology - Modernism - Modern Islamic philosophy - Mohism - Monism - Moral absolutism - Moral realism - Moral relativism - Moral skepticism - Mysticism -


Naïve realism - Naturalism - Neo-Confucianism - Neo-Hegelianism - Neo-Kantianism - Neoplatonism - Neopythagoreanism - Neo-Scholasticism - Neotaoism - Neuroethics - Neurophilosophy - Neurotheology - New realism - New Thought - Neutral monism - Nihilism - Nominalism - Nondualism - Non-philosophy - Negative utilitarianism - Nyaya


Objective idealism - Objectivism (Ayn Rand) - Occasionalism - Ontology - Ontotheology - Open individualism - Organicism


Pakistani philosophy - Pancritical rationalism - Panpsychism - 'Pataphysics - Perennial philosophy - Perfectionism - Peripatetic school - Personalism - Perspectivism - Pessimism - Phenomenalism - Phenomenology - Philosophical anthropology - Philosophical Satanism - Philosophy of archaeology - Philosophy of art - Philosophy of Arithmetic - Philosophy of artificial intelligence - Philosophy of action - Philosophy of biology - Philosophy of business - Philosophy of Common Sense - Philosophy of culture - Philosophy of color - The Philosophy of Chance - Philosophy of design - Philosophy of dialogue - Philosophy of eating - Philosophy of economics - Philosophy of education - Philosophy of engineering - Philosophy of environment - Philosophy of film - Philosophy of futility - Philosophy of geography - Philosophy of healthcare - Philosophy of history - Philosophy of information - Philosophy of language - Philosophy of logic - Philosophy of love - Philosophy of mathematics - Philosophy of mathematics education - Philosophy of mind - Philosophy of motion - Philosophy of music - Philosophy of nature - Philosophy of Natural Science - Philosophy of neuroscience - Philosophy of perception - Philosophy of philosophy - Philosophy of physics - Philosophy of psychology - Philosophy of psychiatry - Philosophy of religion - Philosophy of religious language - Philosophy of science - Philosophy of sex - Philosophy of self - Philosophy of social science - Philosophy of space and time - Philosophy of sport - Philosophy of statistics - Philosophy of thermal and statistical physics - Philosophy of war - Physicalism - Physical ontology - Platonic realism - Platonism - Pluralism - Political philosophy - Populism - Positivism - Postanalytic philosophy - Post-structuralism - Posthumanism - Post-materialism - Post-modernism - Postpositivism- Practical reason - Pragmatism - Praxis School - Presentism - Process philosophy - Progressivism - Property dualism - Pseudophilosophy - Psychological egoism - Pure practical reason - Pure reason - Pyrrhonian skepticism - Pythagoreanism


Quantum mysticism - Quietism


Raëlism - Rastafari - Rationalism - Realism - Reconstructivism - Reductionism - Reductive materialism - Reformational philosophy - Relationalism - Relativism - Relevance logic - Religious humanism - Religious philosophy - Reliabilism - Renaissance humanism - Romanian philosophy - Romanticism - Russian cosmism - Russian philosophy


Sabellianism - Sankhya - Scholasticism - Scientism - Secularism - Secular humanism - Semantic holism - Sensualism - Sexualism - Sexism - Shamanism - Sikhism - Simulism - Singularitarianism - Skepticism - Socialism - Social philosophy - Solipsism - Sophism - Spiritualism - Stoicism - Structuralism - Subjective idealism - Subjectivism - Sufi metaphysics - Śūnyatā - Supersessionism - Synoptic philosophy - Systems philosophy


Taoism - Teleology - Tetralemma - Thelema - Theology - Thomism - Traditionalist School - Transcendent theosophy (al-Hikmat al-Muta’liyah) - Transcendental idealism - Transcendentalism - Transcendental perspectivism - Transhumanism - Transmodernism - Type physicalism


Universalism - Utilitarian bioethics - Utilitarianism


Value pluralism - Value theory - Verificationism - Vienna Circle - Virtue ethics - Vitalism - Voluntaryism


Wahdat-ul-Wujood - Wahdat-ul-Shuhud - Western philosophy


Zen - Zoroastrianism - Zurvanism

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