The single most common question I get about my choice to study Philosophy is whether it is practical: “What do you do with that?”
My answer is – EVERYTHING.
Philosophy is a tool, but more than that, it is a more deliberate and deliberative way of using other mental faculties.
What exactly does Philosophy offer us?
- Philosophy guides, organizes and disciplines our curiosity
- Philosophy prompts us to ask about the nature of our world and how things work
- Philosophy exposes our subjective bias and protects us from making hasty decisions
- Philosophy helps us become more virtuous people (we need all the help we can get)
- Philosophy trains us to constantly ask, “How could I approach this differently and do it better?”
With such obvious benefits, how could we not all choose to pursue Philosophy at some level?
Yes, there are those who think that perpetually playing the devil’s advocate and making snarky remarks is what philosophy is really about. There is no love of wisdom in that.
Real philosophy gets stuff done.