Why Philosophy

As the American Philosophical Association explains in their Brief Guide for Undergraduates, those who study Philosophy generally do so because they find it both academically and personally rewarding. 

Academically, you learn how to

  • Think clearly and carefully about abstract and often troubling issues
  • Compare and assess all sides of a disputed issue fairly
  • Solve problems and provide clear justification for solutions
  • Write clearly and effectively

Rene Descartes

Personally, discussing with care and rigor the most perplexing questions humanity has ever asked can be immensely satisfying:

  • Does God exist?
  • What is real?
  • Do we have free will?
  • What is the ultimate nature of the Universe?
  • How can we know anything?
  • What is the mind?
  • What makes an action right or wrong?
  • What is truth?
  • Are we immortal?
  • What is a good life?
  • What is beauty?
  • What is our place in the Universe?