Philosophy (from the Greek meaning "love of wisdom") is the attempt to find a rational basis for our beliefs about all sorts of things including: the underlying nature of reality (metaphysics or ontology), how knowledge comes about (epistemology), the nature of morality (ethics), the source and proper arrangement of legitimate political power (political philosophy), and more. Since philosophy looks for answers to these big questions on rational grounds, philosophers have also been concerned with the study of proper reasoning (logic).
The primary field of employment for philosophers has traditionally been academic research and teaching in a philosophy department at a college or university. These positions typically require an advanced degree in philosophy (M.A. or PhD), and therefore those individuals interested in such positions will need to continue their training beyond the bachelor’s degree in a graduate school philosophy program. But the critical thinking skills that the study of philosophy promotes prepare an individual for a wide variety of jobs. Undergraduate philosophy majors are particularly suited for occupations that require critical analysis and reasoned argumentation such as law, politics, and journalism, to name a few. As our society becomes increasingly complicated, there is an increasing need for philosophers to consult scientific, business, and medical firms. As a result, it is possible for a person trained in philosophy to find a position in experimental, business, or healthcare ethics. It is safe to say that training in philosophy will positively contribute to both the career and everyday life of any person.
Dr. Anthony Thomas
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