The above graphic illustrates the structure of a properly constructed philosophical ladder. Any proper philosophy is constructed in this hierarchical manner. A properly constructed philosophical ladder will consist of these five steps or rungs. These are then divided into three sub-groups or areas of concentrated interest.
1) The What Group: What is it that we are interested in discussing?
a) Are we interested in knowing? Metaphysics.
b) Are we interested in understanding? Epistemology.
2) The Perspective Group: From what point of view are we interested in discussing metaphysics and epistemology?
a) Are we interested in them from an ethical point of view?
b) Are we interested in them from a moral point of view?
3) The Explanation Group: What method will we use to explain what we have learned?
a) Will we use the esthetics of:
v) Dance or some other?
When considering “The What Group” of the philosophical ladder, the focus of our interest is, “What is it that we are interested in discussing?”
1) Are we interested in:
a) Knowing that physical objects exist?
b) Understanding the conceptual nature of ideas?
2) Are we interested in:
The Perspective Group
When considering “The Perspective Group” of the philosophical ladder, the focus of our interest is, “From what perspective, from what point of view are we interested in discussing metaphysics and epistemology?”
1) Are we interested in discussing them from:
a) A personal point of view?
b) A social point of view?
2) Are we interested in understanding:
a) What proper human individual behavior is?
b) What rational human social interaction is?
The Explanation Group
a) Our interest is in explaining what is true about the intellectual nature of human beings.
Note that this is a ladder—a philosophical ladder. It is, therefore, impossible to explain the nature of anything until we fully advance up the philosophical ladder from the bottom to the top.
All of our esthetical premises must first begin from a sound philosophical basis in metaphysics; only then can these be advanced to a sound philosophical basis in epistemology; and only then can these be advanced to a sound philosophical basis in ethics; and only then can these be advanced to a sound philosophical basis in morality.
It is not until we have fully advanced to the top of the philosophical ladder that we can stand firmly on the esthetical rung and, from there, explain the nature of human nature and that upon which its happy existence depends.
As previously stated, in order to do this, we must begin at the bottom of the philosophical ladder and work our way to the top. We must then begin with “The What Group.”