The study of philosophy - literally, the "love of wisdom" - involves exploring some of most important, exciting, and practical questions that confront us as human beings. It is preeminent among disciplines in emphasising and cultivating the use of our capacity to reason - the distinctive capacity that distinguishes us as human beings and makes our lives rich and interesting in ways that, say, the lives of hens and hummingbirds are not. The study of Philosophy also exposes student to the work and ideas of some of history's greatest and most influential minds: Plato, Aristotle, Aquinas, Descartes, Leibniz, Kant, Mill, Marx, Russell, Sartre, and many others.
We can hone our analytic and problem-solving abilities, and improve the way we think about thinking, by studying fundamental questions. It is often the reasoning and answers other people have come up with when faced with related questions that can help most. This is useful in both academic and practical applications.
The choice of essential questions is itself also interesting, as well as the answers - both questions posed, and answers given by philosophers depend on the time or era in which they lived.
Often, philosophers will go into professional fields such as law, medicine, and government. However, philosophy is about a great deal more than just academic education, analytical skills, and improving one's prospects for employment. It is not to be confused with history, semantics or debating (though all these elements are part of the study).
The study of philosophy is best undertaken seriously as an attempt to understand oneself and the universe, and even to reconcile the two. While a few years of reading up on philosophical history will certainly improve the quality of one's thinking, philosophy truly becomes worthwhile when it changes our lives. A thorough examination of internal and external life can dramatically change the way we see the world, casting a clearer light on phenomena that we were once immersed in. In this way, the study of philosophy is the study of our lives.
Why Study Philosophy?
There is no question that the study of philosophy pays off, and it does so in numerous ways.
Some of the benefits come right away. You might think of these as personal benefits. Learning about philosophy can be one of the most intellectually rewarding and stimulating things you can do. Philosophers aim to develop a deep understanding of the world in general, and whatever the topic of the class you are taking, here on our yoga teacher training course will be doing our part to make the classes interesting and challenging for you.
Other benefits become apparent later. You can call these the vocational benefits. Taking a philosophy class trains your ability to comprehend complex issues that require careful deliberation and sound judgment. It also develops your capacity to come to a considered decision about that complex issue and to craft a compelling argument that defends your decision. And these skills are not just useful in a philosophy classroom. In an economy that rewards literate, thoughtful, creative people adept at analytical thinking, clear communication, and making careful deliberative judgments, people who study philosophy can thrive.
Some of the most important benefits of studying philosophy are also some of the longest-lasting.
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