5 Reasons To Study Philosophy
Being the subject upon which all academia is founded, the study of Philosophy is something that can rapidly develop one’s logical, critical and creative faculties in equal measure.
From an understanding of Plato’s first metaphysical musings, through to an insight into the incredibly complex modern development of phenomenological consciousness, a developed appreciation of Philosophy can provide transferrable skills that are applicable to almost any field of work.
Questions of purpose, personal identity and free will are equally as compelling today as they were in millennia gone by, and it is Philosophy that not only facilitates these enduring questions, but allows them to catalyse the profound expansion of one’s own worldview. If this alone does not persuade you, here are a further five stellar reasons to study the subject.
1. Philosophy knows no limits
Philosophy aims to answer the questions that any other discipline shies away from. Thanks to Philosophy, developed the scientific method, without which our progress as an entire human race would have been immeasurably diminished. Therefore, by aiming to tackle those questions, which may initially seem entirely unanswerable, we are able to develop not only our own personal skillset, but that of the whole of humanity. Philosophy is not restrained by any boundary; nothing is off limits, and this is exactly what renders it so timelessly useful. As, in using Philosophy, humanity has progressed this far, just imagine what will be possible thanks to our philosophers of the future.
2. Philosophy focuses on you
By analysing questions of fathomless depth from a personal perspective, we gain a nuanced understanding of our own identity. Philosophy asks us to use reason in order to come to our own personal understanding, and this is invaluable not only in widening our philosophical appreciation, but more importantly, in encouraging us to question issues that otherwise plague the life of the individual. For the vast majority of people, philosophical questions are left untouched within the recesses the mind; choose instead to study the subject that liberates this vital aspect of your human nature to the fullest.
3. Philosophy provides highly sought-after skills
Moving away from the transcendent, Philosophy provides a vast array of transferrable skills that are invaluable in the modern workplace. The entirety of the subject tends to get blindly stereotyped as inapplicable and useless, with the odd quip such as “Yeah, but if you work in Starbucks do you really exist?” being all too commonplace. However, in exercising one’s logical, rational, critical and analytical faculties, Philosophy continues to prove itself as a highly employable pursuit, with one of the highest graduate employment rates of any degree!
4. Philosophy will always be relevant
Philosophy is predicated upon the fact that it can never have an end point. You cannot hope to ‘complete’ Philosophy, because doing so would render any future moral, ethical or existential issues as meaningless and wholly closed to interpretation. Philosophical thought, focus and breadth is culturally adaptive, and therefore in studying the pillars of it at A Level, you become capable of exploring the ever-updating labyrinth of niche avenues and interests as you so wish, with no worries of future irrelevancy.
5. Philosophy can be done by anyone
We are all human, therefore, we are all philosophically minded. All that is necessary to study Philosophy is a desire to know more that we already do. With this insatiable desire to understand questions of such anthropologically significant importance, anyone can be a successful philosopher. You don’t have to be a world-class logician, essayist or critic, because the breadth that Philosophy offers allows for every personal forte to be catered for. In choosing to study Philosophy, you are choosing to study the defining pursuit of all humanity.