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Philosophy is a broad discipline that encompasses the study of all branches of knowledge, including natural sciences, humanities, and social sciences. The history of philosophy dates back to the 6th century BC when it first emerged in Ancient Greece. Early philosophers such as Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle laid the foundations for Western philosophy and were responsible for some of its most influential ideas.From the classical period onwards, various schools and movements emerged in different parts of the world such as India, China and Europe. These included Stoicism in Greece, Epicureanism in Rome, Neoplatonism in Egypt, Buddhism and Confucianism in Asia; all contributing to a rich diversity of philosophical thought throughout history.Throughout the Middle Ages (5th-15th centuries), Christian Scholasticism was dominant in Europe with theologians such as Thomas Aquinas synthesising philosophical ideas from both Greek philosophy and Christian doctrine. This period also saw seminal works from Islamic philosophers such as Ibn Rushd (Averroes) who wrote extensively on Aristotelian thought.The modern era began with René Descartes’ Discourse on Method (1637), which was instrumental in introducing doubt into philosophical inquiry. This led to a new style of thinking known as Rationalism which focused on deductive reasoning rather than empirical observation or tradition. Other major figures during this time include John Locke who developed theories about human nature; Immanuel Kant who argued for moral autonomy; David Hume who proposed sceptical arguments against rationalist metaphysics; Johann Gottlieb Fichte who founded German Idealism; Jean-Jacques Rousseau whose work focussed on man’s innate goodness; Georg Wilhelm Hegel whose writings influenced Marxism; Søren Kierkegaard who argued that truth is subjective rather than objective; Karl Marx whose work explored class struggle within capitalist societies; Charles Darwin whose theory of evolution revolutionised our understanding of biology and psychology; Friedrich Nietzsche who argued for life affirmation over traditional morality among many other thinkers. The 20th century also saw significant advances being made within Analytic Philosophy which focuses on logical analysis to solve philosophical problems through language use instead of abstract theories or concepts as well as Phenomenology which explores individual experience through subjective means rather than objective ones. Philosophy has been continuously evolving ever since its inception with new ideas emerging every day from diverse areas across the globe making it an incredibly pertinent discipline that remains relevant today more than ever before.

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