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Plato and Aristotle walk through the crowds. (Image source. More about the photograph)

Philosophy is worth teaching because…

  • Studying philosophy has practical benefits. Philosophy majors out-perform most other majors on the LSAT, GRE, and GMAT. Philosophy majors also have the second highest acceptance rate to medical school. Philosophy majors, on average, have the highest analytic writing scores on the GRE of any major.
  • Studying philosophy also has personal pay-offs. For example, recent research suggests that people who engage in deep philosophical conversations with others are happier than those who don’t.
  • Many students already have philosophical questions but limited tools for asking and engaging with them. Studying philosophy can provide a needed outlet for these ways of questioning the world.
  • Philosophical reasoning promotes humility (the recognition that your opinion is one of many possible reasonable positions).
  • Philosophical discussions are constructive, non-confrontational venues for talking about issues that are normally avoided for fear of controversy (e.g. politics, religion).
  • Philosophy teaches students to recognize problematic reasoning in themselves and others, and it encourages them to argue in intellectually honest and fair ways.
  • Philosophy teaches students to think both generally and abstractly.