Why Study Philosophy?
General Problem Solving Skills: Analysis of concepts, definitions, arguments, and problems and synthesis of varied perspectives into a unified whole.
Communication Skills: Enhancement of communicative powers and elimination of ambiguity and vagueness from writing and speech.
Persuasive Powers: Construction of clear formulations, good arguments, and appropriate examples.
Writing Skills: Enhancement of writing skills, in terms of syntax, clarity, proper argumentation, and organization.
Understanding Other Disciplines: Understanding of other disciplines and of the relation of philosophy to foundational issues in other fields.
Development of Sound Methods of Research and Analysis: Ability to frame hypotheses, to do research, and organize problems in manageable form.
For more information on the various skills enhanced by philosophical training, see the American Philosophical Association's Philosophy: A Brief Guide for Undergraduates and Careers for Philosophers. See www.apaonline.org