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The Philosophy Concepts and Principles Study Brief provides a concise, conceptual overview of the vast and far-reaching field of philosophy. This academic outline is the ideal orientation for a college student enrolled in an introductory Philosophy course. It is also recommended as a quick primer for anyone interested in attaining a high-level understanding of philosophy without having to browse numerous websites or plow through heavy textbooks. This Study Brief covers the origins of philosophy and highlights key historical developments. It provides a convenient reference to all five branches of philosophy: aesthetics, epistemology, ethics, logic, and metaphysics in one compact guide. In an organized, easy-to-follow format, it offers a clear, understandable summary of each philosophical branch, including fundamental facts, major concepts and categories, famous philosophers (including Socrates, Aristotle, Plato, Descartes, Nietzsche and Kant) and their views, and the importance and application of each different philosophical viewpoint. Quick access to definitions of key terms and simple explanations of foundational principles are supported by instructive examples and clarifying visuals. Topics covered include: natural theology, ontology, dualism, knowledge, true beliefs, language, logic (including types of logic), arguments, reasoning, fallacies, meta-ethics, descriptive ethics, normative ethics, moral realism, non-cognitivism, perception, aesthetic attitude theories and aesthetic experience theories.