Theology and Philosophy

Why Study Philosophy?

People study Philosophy at University in various ways.

  • Some take a couple of units to satisfy elective requirements of their course.
  • Others probe further, perhaps completing a minor, as a complement to their main course of study.
  • Others go further to major in Philosophy 
  • Still others get hooked, going on to major in Philosophy, perhaps undertaking an honours year in the area.

No matter which profile applies to you, the study of Philosophy will provide you with perspectives, skills and attributes that can be used throughout your life and career, no matter where they take you.

There are two basic reasons to study Philosophy:

First of all, it's fun! Philosophy opens vast and profound questions that most people find intrinsically interesting, and many find life-enriching. Students often report finding philosophical thinking and discussion fascinating (sometimes even exhilarating), often confusing, sometimes confronting, and inevitably providing new ways of thinking about the world and their place within it.

Second, it's extremely useful. Learning to think philosophically teaches a range of skills, and helps develop personal attributes, that are valuable across very many professions and in life as a whole. No matter what your course, units in Philosophy provide opportunities to develop intellectual patience, creativity and discipline, while also enabling you to develop advanced skills in analysis and critical thinking. Further, it provides many new perspectives, tools and ideas that can deepen other fields of study.

For further information on the 'usefulness' of Philosophy, see Philosophy and Careers