Why we should all study philosophy

World Philosophy Day is November 16th and although many think it is specifically for students of law, it is important to tell others how philosophy can make people better students and better in general at life.

 

What is Philosophy?

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Coming from the Greek words for ‘love of wisdom’, philosophy uses tools of reason and logic to analyze the many ways that humans experience life and the world. Philosophy teaches close reading, critical thinking, logical analysis, and clear writing – it utilizes these to understand language and how we describe the universe and our specific place in it. Are our senses describing reality accurately? How are wrong actions classified as wrong? How should people live? These are all questions that can be categorized as philosophical, and it teaches the various ways that we answer them.

 

If you have ever attended university, you have probably come across some variants of philosophy that have been disguised as a scientific method for certain psychology experiments. It may be a bit more obvious with law courses, but you can also find concepts of philosophy covered in a slew of subjects, including medicine, teaching, business, STEM subjects, and more. But most people are not aware that philosophy can boost university results. The following are the ways how:

 

It can help construct arguments that are logical.

The logical structure is one thing that philosophy will most definitely teach you. The ability to discuss concepts that are heavier ensures that audiences remain in sync. Having a philosophical basis will enable you to define terms and line up arguments in a logical sequence.

Considering STEM-types, a philosophical foundation can allow you to structure arguments when attempting to prove or disprove something, or even guess what could occur next.

 

It’s Perfect for Essays

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Once you learn the fine art of structuring arguments, you will be better able to earn top marks on essays and draft some great exam notes. Apply logical theory to identify potential flaws in arguments before you submit in essay form. Once you are able to see your own mistakes, you can save yourself from a lot of problems down the road. The most elementary aspect of philosophy is the question of why, which you should be asking yourself repeatedly before constructing an essay. Why are you doing something this way instead of another? Why should you argue a position a certain way? What is the historical context of what is happening? Asking these questions to yourself enables you to draw better conclusions for your assignments.

 

It Will Help Shapes Your Ideas of the World

 

Law students are constantly searching for the cause and effect of everything, always talking about the floodgate principle. But what they are truly searching for are the consequences that affect the real world. This reasoning can be applied to STEM, psychology, and loads of areas. So there is obviously no time like the present to get yourself acquainted with the basics of philosophy. It is certainly not as boring as many think.