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Kwame Anthony Appiah
Kwame Anthony Appiah
 Hypatia
Hypatia
Julia Kristeva
Julia Kristeva
Ludwig Wittgenstein
Ludwig Wittgenstein
Cornel West
Cornel West
The Death of Socrates, Jacques-Louis David
The Death of Socrates (1787), Jacques-Louis David
Simone de Beauvoir
Simone de Beauvoir
Sartre / Deleuze / Foucault
Sartre / Deleuze / Foucault
The School of Athens (abt. 1511), Raphael
The School of Athens (abt. 1511), Raphael
Nietzsche / Heidegger / Derrida
Nietzsche / Heidegger / Derrida
The Two Philosophers, Joan Miro
The Two Philosophers (1936), Joan Miró
Edmund Husserl
Edmund Husserl
G. W. F. Hegel
G. W. F. Hegel
Sigmund Freud
Sigmund Freud
Michel Foucault
Michel Foucault
Rene Descartes
René Descartes
Gilles Deleuze
Gilles Deleuze
The Delights of the Poet, Giorgio de Chirico
The Delights of the Poet (1912), Giorgio de Chirico
Hannah Arendt
Hannah Arendt
Theodor Adorno
Theodor Adorno

The best reason to study philosophy is that it's incredibly interesting! Philosophy is a kind of thinking that "is concerned with the examination of beliefs of the most fundamental kind—beliefs that structure our lives, shape our worldviews, and underpin all academic disciplines" (Lewis Vaughn in Writing Philosophy). Philosophers examine fundamental beliefs by asking certain kinds of questions, such as:

  • What do we know, what can we know, and how do we know?
  • What is the nature of reality?
  • Is a mind the same thing as, or distinct from, the brain?
  • How do we determine the right way to act?
  • How do we live a good life?
  • What are our responsibilities to other people?
  • On what basis do we judge an object to be beautiful?

By developing the capacity to see the world from diverse perspectives, philosophy can deepen your sense of the meaning and variety of human experience and broaden the range of things you can understand and enjoy. Philosophy expands a person's ability to see beyond the world as it is and to develop a vision of how things might be.

You'll have the opportunity to read some of the greatest thinkers, reflect on new and old ideas, and understand the origin and development of fundamental concepts. By helping you become an independent, critical, and creative thinker, philosophy will enable you to be successful in any career you choose.

Here are some more reasons why Philosophy is a great major!