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North Texas Objectivist Society (NTOS) Message Board › Philosophy: Esthetics. How To Spell It?

Philosophy: Esthetics. How To Spell It?

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The fifth and last branch of philosophy is esthetics, the study of art, which is based on metaphysics, epistemology and ethics.

—Ayn Rand, "Philosophy: Who Needs It?"

Google(R) searches of "esthetics" and "aesthetics" show 2.5 million vs. 20 million hits.
Ayn Rand spelled it starting with an "e"; her spelling is fine with me.

Seriously, the five branches of philosophy—any philosophy—are:
1. metaphysics
2. epistemology
3. ethics (morality)
4. politics
5. esthetics

The relationship of the branches of philosophy is sometimes presented graphically as an "X" (ignore the spacing dots) with ethics in the center of the "X":
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