Philosophy Career Facts
The study of philosophy rarely leads directly to a career but can expand the student's knowledge of the cultures of the world, both past and present, and of one's own value system. When Socrates said, "The unexamined life is not worth living," he meant that people should have a clear understanding of not only what they do but why they do it. Having a clearly defined system of thought behind one's actions leads to a more authentic, rational, and satisfying life. And in developing one's own blueprint for living, becoming aware of the thinking of others, both now and throughout history, helps the student become a more insightful person.
Education should be more than merely practical, and the study of the liberal arts, including philosophy, is a part of being well-educated. Studying philosophy effectively teaches basic reasoning, writing, and thinking skills. It encourages analysis, criticism, and communication.
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