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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!