Aristotle’s branching of metaphysics

Aristotle‘s Metaphysics was divided into three parts, which are now regarded as the proper branches of traditional Western metaphysics:

Ontology: The study of being and existence; includes the definition and classification of entities, physical or mental, the nature of their properties, and the nature of change.

Natural Theology: The study of a God or Gods; involves many topics, including among others the nature of religion and the world, existence of the divine, questions about Creation, and the numerous religious or spiritual issues that concern humankind in general.

Universal science:The study of first principles, such as the law of noncontradiction (logic), which Aristotle believed were the foundation of all other inquiries.

Universal science or first philosophy treats of “being qua being”—that is, what is basic to all science before one adds the particular details of any one science.

Essentially “being qua being” may be translated as “being insofar as being goes” or as “being in terms of being.”

This includes topics such as causality, substance, species and elements, as well as the notions of relation, interaction, and finitude.


 via: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metaphysics

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