The word “philo-sophy” literally means “the love of wisdom”, ie the search for wisdom about things we generally take for granted. Philosophy can lead you into serious thinking about just about anything at all.
Philosophy’s foundations lie with the beginning of Western civilisation and some of the modern world’s most influential thinkers. It is theoretical, ancient, yet practical.
Prepares you to succeed across a variety of careers.
Enhances your understanding of the modern world and provides opportunities to engage with new ideas.
Is relevant to all other areas of study across the University.
Enables you to develop both knowledge and a highly transferrable skill-set that includes an ability to critically analyse, understand and engage with complex ideas and issues.
Studying philosophy is an opportunity to challenge your thinking and to critically examine the “big questions”. While the range of philosophical topics are almost endless, examples include:
What is a human being?
What is freedom? Are individuals ever really free?
Is the ‘real’ me my inner self or soul? What is that anyway? Or are we just complicated physical systems?
What is gender? How are gender and sexuality connected?
What is truth? How is knowledge possible?
Is there a ‘real’ world that we can know with certainty?
Are there absolute truths? Or are all claims to truth just interpretations?
Is there such a thing as a ‘scientific fact’? If not, should we trust science?
How should we act?
Are values ever ‘objective’? Or is morality just up to the individual, or the society?
Should the law be based on unchanging ethical truths?
Is wealth inequality always wrong?
What is the point of it all?
Does life have a meaning?
Does death make everything absurd?
Does the idea of life-after-death make sense?
Can it be shown (rationally? scientifically?) that God exists?
Are religions eventually all about faith? If so, what is that?
Can we expect our human minds to understand anything like God anyway?
There are also philosophical questions concerning language, art and music, race, sex, the nature of time and reality, law, psychology, history, and every area of science!
As well as being very useful for your theological studies, a major or minor in philosophy is a great foundation for more specifically career-related courses, and has great career spin-offs. Employers across many professions report that they highly value the kinds of adaptable skills and attributes possessed by philosophy graduates.