Classifying All Human Knowledge

When I first created this site, I wanted to create a category structure that would enable me to classify any post I might publish.  It seemed to be a logical step given the name of the website.  I don’t recall how long it took me, but I spent some time looking through various ways of classifying knowledge and eventually came up with a version that suited my interests and seemed to make sense to me. I had fifteen broad categories when I was finished.

Recently, I was thinking about how I could combine some of these to fit into a system similar to the Dewey Decimal Classification.  My structure is slightly different, but in many ways it mirrors the DDC.  Here’s what I settled on (the numbers are just to give it that DDC feel):

000 – Religion & Philosophy
100 – Language
200 – Mathematics
300 – Natural Sciences & Medical Science
400 – Technology & Applied Sciences
500 – Geography
600 – History
700 – Psychology & Social Sciences
800 – Arts & Literature
900 – Recreation & Miscellany

Below is a summary of what each of these broad categories would include.

Religion & Philosophy

Major Religions
Mythology
Comparative Religion
Aesthetics
Epistemology
Ethics
Logic
Metaphysics

Language

Major Languages (English, Chinese, Spanish, etc.)
Linguistics

Mathematics

Arithmetic
Algebra
Calculus
Geometry
Probability & Statistics
Trigonometry

Natural Sciences & Medical Science

Astronomy
Biology
Chemistry
Earth Sciences (Geology, Oceanography, etc.)
Physics
Anatomy
Physiology
Personal Health
Pharmacology
Therapeutics
Diseases
Surgery

Technology & Applied Sciences

Computer Science
Engineering
Materials Science
Building
Agriculture
Horticulture
Commerce & Business
Home Economics
Manufacturing
Craftsmanship
Landscaping

Geography

Ancient World
Europe
Asia
Africa
North America
South America

History

same as above plus Biography

Psychology & Social Sciences

All the various sub-areas of Psychology
Political Science
Economics
Law
Education
Sociology
Anthropology
Archaeology
Communication

Arts & Literature

Architecture
Dance
Drawing
Painting
Printing
Graphic Art
Photography
Sculpture
Music
Film
Theatre
Poetry
Drama
Fiction
Essays
Speeches
Letters
Satire
Humor

Recreation & Miscellany

Games
Sports
…and everything else!

What do you think?  If you were going to classify all areas of human knowledge, how would you do it?

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The Purpose of the Spiritual Disciplines

All these things establish purity of heart; and it is for this that we should do everything, scorning possessions, enduring fasts and vigils gladly, engaging in spiritual reading and psalmody. If, however, some necessary task pleasing to God should keep us from our normal fasting and reading, we should not on this account neglect purity of heart. For what we gain by fasting is not so great as the damage done by anger; nor is the profit from reading as great as the harm done when we scorn or grieve a brother.

‘Fasts and vigils, the study of Scripture, renouncing possessions and everything worldly are not in themselves perfection, as we have said; they are its tools. For perfection is not to be found in them; it is acquired through them. It is useless, therefore, to boast of our fasting, vigils, poverty, and reading of Scripture when we have not achieved the love of God and our fellow men. Whoever has achieved love has God within himself and his intellect is always with God.’

– St. John Cassian quoting Abba Moses, The Philokalia as translated by Bishop Kallistos Ware, G.E.H. Palmer, and Philip Sherrard

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Humankind’s Unique Role As Priest and King of Creation and In Defense of Icons

Through heaven and earth and sea, through wood and stone and relics and temples and the cross, through angels and men, and through all creation visible and invisible, I offer adoration and worship to the only Creator, Maker, and Lord of all things. For the creation does not adore the Creator by itself, but it is through me that the heavens declare the glory of God, and through me the moon worships God, and through me the stars glorify God, and through me the waters, storms, dews, and all created things worship and glorify God.

– St. Leontius of Cyprus, my translation from Latin (which was translated from Greek) as found in Patrologia Graeca 93:1604AB

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