Why Study Philosophy?

Why Study Philosophy?

Many students ask: “Why Study Philosophy?”  As mentioned in my last blog, Philosophy students are often amongst the most rounded and employable students. There are many advantages of being a philosophy student, that are subject specific and more generic.

Philosophy – Subject Specific Skills

The skills gained from a philosophy qualification include…

  • Report Writing Skills
  • Discussion skills
  • The ability to see things from other people’s point of view
  • The ability to provide evidence for an argument
  • Critical Thinking
  • Problem Solving
  • Be open to new ways of thinking.

Other Skills of a Philosophy Student

However, in addition to these subject-specific skills, there are more generic skills gained from a philosophy degree, which make you well rounded and employable. According to prospects, the UK’s official graduate careers website, these generic skills include self-motivation and the capacity for independent study and thought.  A philosophy graduate can communicate clearly, prioritise work, meet deadlines and work well in a team.

Enjoy Philosophy!

Beyond these qualities, however, a key priority for studying A-levels or a degree is that you find the subject enjoyable.  And philosophy really is! You can enjoy a good debate or delve into the minds of some amazing thinkers such as Descartes.  You will have the opportunity to watch exciting movie’s like The Matrix and The Lovely Bones, then discuss their meaning.

Why study Philosophy? You will be intellectually stimulated, happy and employable!

I will be blogging again in the future to tell you about the best universities to study Philosophy.  So look forward to my future Philosophy Blogs!

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What is Philosophy?

What is Philosophy?

Some students are scared away by the idea of Philosophy A-level.  Philosophy is not often studied at GCSE, although some Schools now do P4C – philosophy for children. But it is becoming increasingly popular at A-level. Philosophy graduates are some of the most rounded and employable students. So what is philosophy?

Seeking rather than Finding

Philosophy is seeking, rather than finding. It is asking questions rather than attempting to answer them. If you have this skill inbuilt, you are a natural philosopher. I knew from the age of about 9 years old, when I couldn’t sleep at night due to staying awake and wondering where I would go when I died, that I was a little different. Maybe a little strange. But no, I was a philosopher!

Philosophical Questions

Some classic philosophical questions include…

  • Does God exist?
  • Is there a separation of the body and soul?
  • Why am I here?
  • What is the purpose of life?
  • Who created the universe?

It’s no surprise, therefore, that the origins of philosophy, way back in ancient Greece, combine both religious and scientific questions. I will be blogging more on the relationship between religion and science at a later date!

An enjoyable read that will introduce you to philosophy is ‘Sophie’s World‘ by Jostein Gaarder. It is a fiction about the history of philosophy and an easy and exciting read. In Sophie’s world, there is a fantastic analogy that likens the universe to a giant rabbit. The fleas on the rabbit are the people of the universe. There are the ones sitting comfortably, deep inside the rabbit’s fur, bumbling along with every-day life. Then there are those trying to climb to the tips of the fur to see what lies beyond. These fleas, of course, are the philosophers amongst us!

Are you a Philosopher?

So, I ask you this….are you a philosopher? Why? How would you answer the question “What is Philosophy?”

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