As a discipline, philosophy seeks answers to theoretical questions about the nature of knowledge, reality, and human values through a rigorous and disciplined form of abstract analysis. Though final answers to many of these questions remain elusive, philosophy can at least make progress by demonstrating that some theoretical answers are in fact better than others.
And as a practical matter, engaging in this sort of philosophical pursuit develops and sharpens the type of creative and analytical thinking skills that are valuable for careers in science, business, and law. Einstein, for example, drew upon the philosophical insights he gained from studying Kant, Schopenhauer, and Spinoza in forming his revolutionary theories about space and time. Philosophy majors, on average, score extremely well on the admissions tests required for business school (GMAT), law school (LSAT), and graduate school (GRE). Moreover, these majors also fare well in terms of their mid-career salaries compared to other majors. So, what can you do with philosophy? Most anything that values a talent for clear and careful thinking.
The philosophy program at Peninsula College offers four courses in the analytic style for students who are interested in being part of an intellectual tradition that has been ongoing since the early Greeks. Click here to view course details.