Philosophy is the art of critical thinking and approach to life that can act as a compass and tool to navigate life. It is the discipline that involves the creation of concepts that broaden our intellectual horizons. Modern culture may view philosophy as pointless musings perhaps without a purpose. But the study of philosophy can result in skills and thought patterns which can help you in a myriad of ways that can’t simply be learning through study and school curriculum.
- Deepen awareness of your experiences in and around you by forcing one to consider alternative perspectives, especially those often left out of conversations
- Sharpens analytics skills through constant thought about how our world operates in a multitude of ways that can’t be defined through a singular lens.
- Reading comprehension due to readings and verbiage that may be unfamiliar to students and what they are used to.
- Logic and Argumentation as well as reasoning (Trickey and Topping 2004)
- Improved performance on cognitive exams (Frederick 2005)
- Improved emotional growth and positive self-esteem, cultivating compassion and empathy (Millett and Tapper 2012, Mohr Lone and Burroughs 2015, Trickey and Topping 2005)
- Improved learning capability as students truly engage actively in the learning process (Fredericks, Blumenfeld, and Paris 2004)
- Problem-solving and more informed decision making through an analytical frame
- Build character and strength
And lastly, an openness to new and divergent thoughts and ideas that is needed in the status quo as political and philosophical dogma continues to divide our world. Philosophy allows that no idea or concept is too abstract or far-fetched. It truly is an area of study that promotes the free flow of information and thought that we hope will open up students and allow them to form their own, personal interpretations of how the world functions. It can help us narrow our focus and at same time broaden our view.