Why study philosophy and religion?
“The unexamined life is not worth living.” (Socrates)
Philosophy explores the most fundamental questions of human existence. This exploration involves the careful analysis of complex concepts and the evaluation and construction of arguments. By engaging in philosophical inquiries, students can enhance their cognitive abilities and gain a deeper understanding of the nature of reality. Examples of philosophical questions include:
- Does God exist? Why is there evil if there is God?
- What is it to be a person? Are you the same person over time?
- What is the nature of consciousness? Does the soul exist?
- What is the relation between the mind and the brain? Can computers think?
- What is knowledge? How can we know we are not in the Matrix?
- What are religious beliefs about? How can we understand differences among religions?
- What is science? Is science compatible with religion?
- What is right or wrong? Is abortion/ euthanasia/ capital punishment/war/ same-sex marriage right or wrong?
- What is the purpose of having a government? What is the best form of government?
- What is a just society? Why should we obey the law?
- What is the meaning of life? What is happiness? Is death good or bad?
- What kinds of careers do philosophy students have?
What kinds of careers do philosophy students have?
Philosophy is incredibly practical. The skills honed through the study of philosophy, including critical thinking, problem-solving, effective communication, persuasive writing, and sound argumentation, can be seamlessly applied across various career fields, such as law, business, information technology, government service, education, medicine, and the ministry. For more information about the marketable value of philosophy in a rapidly changing economy, see What You Can Do With a Philosophy Degree and Philosophy: A Brief Guide for Undergraduates.
TROY’s Philosophy and Religion minor has been instrumental in helping many students gain acceptance into various graduate programs, including Harvard University, the Penn State Law School, the University of Washington Law School, Southern University Law Center, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and the UCLA Medical School. Please check Student Testimonials to learn more about how this popular minor has positively impacted our students’ career paths.
Philosophy also provides a strong preparation for graduate and professional schools. Philosophy students consistently have the highest mean composite scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), the highest average scores on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), and outperform most majors, including business, on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). For the test records, check this out The Power of Philosophy.
For some examples of what philosophy can do for your career, see below:
Joungbin Lim (Ph.D., University of Virginia)
- Research interests: metaphysics, philosophy of mind, philosophy of religion, epistemology
- Courses taught at TROY: Introduction to Philosophy, Ethics, Critical Thinking, Logic, Western Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion
Jay Valentine (Ph.D., University of Virginia)
- Research interests: World Philosophy, World Religions, Philosophies of Buddhism and Hinduism, Confucianism, Daoism
- Courses taught at TROY: Introduction to Political Philosophy, World Religions, Ethics, Applied Ethics, Non-Western Philosophies
Rick Garlikov (ABD, University of Michigan)
- Courses taught at TROY: Introduction to Philosophy, Introduction to Ethics, Critical Reasoning, Bioethics, The Meaning of (the Concept of) Love
- Research Interests: Ethics, Medical Ethics, Business Ethics, Philosophy and Ethics of Economics, Philosophy of Education, Philosophy of Law, Philosophy of Art, Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Religion, Political Philosophy, Philosophy of Science, Analytic Philosophy of a variety of concepts, including "Love"
- Essays and books online free at: www.garlikov.com