Why Study Philosophy?

Philosophy seeks systematic answers to fundamental questions

Philosophy encourages us to be open-minded. It fosters the ability to think independently, to offer and learn from constructive criticism, and to tolerate uncertainty. It develops skill in identifying and critically evaluating arguments and writing analytically. Philosophy students learn to:

  • Ask penetrating questions
  • Define issues precisely
  • Expose hidden assumptions
  • Reason carefully and creatively
  • See issues from multiple perspectives
  • Write and speak with coherence and clarity

The skills acquired by studying philosophy are essential for personal intellectual development and a thoughtful, engaged life. Philosophical training provides the flexibility and perspective needed in a rapidly changing world.