Why study philosophy

There are intrinsic and extrinsic reasons to study philosophy, and our links speak to both. With respect to the former, some study philosophy because they find the subject enjoyable and its questions and history fascinating; others regard philosophy as a central part of a university education, aimed at gaining knowledge and understanding about the world and ourselves.

But philosophy, while not providing any obvious vocational training for particular courses, has many extrinsic or instrumental benefits. The skills that philosophers develop - including the capacities to think well about important issues, to assess and formulate arguments, to communicate clearly and succinctly, and to learn to be an independent and flexible thinker - will both be of value throughout one’s life and in demand by many employers. As a result, the study of philosophy promises, for many students, to be both its own reward and to have significant value beyond the subject.