Why Study Philosophy?
"Philosophy is to be studied, not for the sake of any definite answers to its questions
since no definite answers can, as a rule, be known to be true, but rather for the
sake of the questions themselves; because these questions enlarge our conception of
what is possible, enrich our intellectual imagination and diminish the dogmatic assurance
which closes the mind against speculation; but above all because, through the greatness
of the universe which philosophy contemplates, the mind also is rendered great, and
becomes capable of that union with the universe which constitutes its highest good."
—The Problems of Philosophy, Bertrand Russell
But not only does philosophy "render your mind great"—it can also help you to get into a top graduate program and to get a great job and to earn a high salary. This is because training in philosophy gives you excellent analytical skills and teaches you to think broadly, flexibly and creatively. These are just the skills that employers are looking for in our rapidly changing society. See the following information and articles linked below.
- Why it's a Good Idea to Major in Philosophy?
- Best Majors for GRE Scores in 2013: Philosophy Dominates, July 29, 2013
- Philosophers' scores are among the highest on the GRE, September 6, 2012
- Philosophy Among Best-Paying Undergrad Degrees
- Is Philosophy The Most Practical Major? The Atlantic, October 16, 2012.
- "Study of Philosophy Makes Gains Despite Economy" Philadelphia Inquirer, October 15, 2011.
- "Want Innovative Thinking? Hire from the Humanities" Harvard Business Review, March 31, 2011.
- "Philosophy Valued At One Community College" National Public Radio, January 4, 2011.
- "Philosophy is Back in Business" BusinessWeek, January 12, 2010.
- "Finding Equality Through Logic" National Public Radio's This I Believe, August 3, 2008.
- "In a New Generation of College Students, Many Opt for the Life Examined" The New York Times, April 6, 2008.
- "I Think, Therefore I Earn" The Guardian, November 20, 2007.