Whatever your career aspirations, the study of philosophy
can help in strengthening your preparation, through developing
your capacities to think and reason well, to deal critically
and analytically with the ideas, the concepts, the problems,
and the methodologies central to your chosen profession. Yet
the study of philosophy equips you not just with skills for a
trade or profession; it equips you with an important skill for
living. No matter where you go or what you do, you will always
live day by day with yourself. One of the things philosophy does
is to prepare you for this most important activity of living
for and with yourself. This does not mean that it teaches you
a selfish activity; rather that it helps to instill self-understanding.
Philosophy helps you to learn by doing, by actively doing analysis,
questioning, reflecting, and understanding.
The range of topics is broad, encompassing issues of values,
knowledge, reality, religion, science, language, society, and
more. The core fields in philosophy are logic, ethics, metaphysics,
and the theory of knowledge. There are also many specialized
fields, such as the philosophy of science, the philosophy of
art, the philosophy of religion, and the philosophy of language.
A student may wish to develop a special competence in one of
the specialized fields, or in the philosophy of a given period
(for example, in ancient philosophy or the philosophy of the
17th century), or in a particular school or style of philosophy
(for example, in existentialism or in analytic philosophy).