What is Philosophy?

Philosophy in its original sense (philo + sophia) is the love of wisdom. It is a reflective discipline and way of interacting with the world whose aim is to explore fundamental ideas that underlie and penetrate human existence, and to assess their implications for leading a good life. As Socrates said long ago:

“The unexamined life is not worth living.”

Philosophers are lifelong inquirers. They are insatiably curious about the world, about other people, and about themselves. They are inveterate questioners. They are always asking questions, and seeking answers, concerning the most fundamental issues of human existence:Questions      Why Philosophy is the Most Important Subject to Study … Really!

If you are endlessly curious about the world, have an inquisitive mind, and are not   satisfied with easy, superficial answers to life’s most important questions, then a major in Philosophy may be right for you. Continue reading to find out why…


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