The word "philosophy" comes from a Greek word that means love of wisdom or pursuit of truth. Philosophy students become precise readers, writers, and speakers who are able to accurately and creatively understand big questions concerning right and wrong, justice, freedom, beauty, knowledge, and truth. By evaluating historical and contemporary arguments, philosophy students are able to justify their conception of the world and humanity’s place in it with public reasons.
Philosophy teaches us to hone keen observational skills, instills a willingness to dig beneath the surface, and develops the ability to analyze the data we find. Philosophy classes help us uncover basic beliefs and principles by reasoning, reflecting, and making critical decisions. This personal growth enables us to act in more informed, consistent, and principled ways. Philosophy is, thus, extremely practical. Philosophy is essential to developing integrity and learning to live well; to the universal search for meaning. Our graduates possess all-purpose skills that lead to excellence in all fields.
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