Benefits of Philosophy
By: Shahriar H
Philo – Sophia, is Greek which translates into “The love – of wisdom”. Theoretically, in the world of philosophy, there are no teachers; everyone is a student and there is always more that one can learn. A student of philosophy is someone who wants to ponder, learn, understand, discuss and debate everything as far as the eye can see, although one might have an acute inquisitiveness to a certain subject. Ask yourself, do you think enough? Are you analytical or critical? Are you prone to prejudice? If you already find yourself in a position where you love thinking, you should foster that love, enrich your thinking and look into Philosophy! If you aren’t enticed yet, think of it this way: the way you go to the gym to tone your body, you study philosophy to tone your mind. The benefits are too plentiful to not take heed!
After consulting several university and tutoring websites…
By studying philosophy, you learn:
- Critical Analysis and Evaluation/Judgment
- Clear thinking on abstract issues
- Strong debate skills and Articulation
- Ethical or Moral Thinking | Liberation from conscience prejudice
- Logical Thinking
- Ability to Think for One’s self
- Lateral/Point of View Thinking
- Methodological approach to thinking and problem solving
- Open Mindedness
- Discipline of the Mind
- Realization of the importance of philosophical reasoning, arguments, etc
- Appreciation of all (ancient, modern, and future) philosophical ideas.
Some of you might be thinking that “this isn’t something that I can put on my resumé”, but I’d like to caution you that one should study philosophy for the sake of learning, and to nurture the love of it. Let it be clear that the benefits of philosophy don’t (directly) translate into power, prestige, or financial success. It does, however, shape, or unlock who you are , which can be considerably more important than what you can or can’t put on a basic resumé.
If you’re thinking of starting to take steps towards being a student of philosophy, you’ll be happy to know that our school has a class called Theory of Knowledge (T.O.K)! As some of you already know, it is currently a required subject for IB students, but freshmen and sophomores, don’t let that stop you from using the glorious invention that is the internet! Have a good time being perplexed, and may you find the answers you are looking for!
“Wonder is the feeling of a philosopher, and philosophy begins in wonder.”