Reasons you should take a Philosophy class

Top 5 Reasons why you should consider taking a class in Philosophy

1. For the love of wisdom.

We're in the wisdom business here! We've been doing it since the beginning of recorded history and we'll keep doing what we're doing until the end of time. No invention, political change, religious event, or technological leap will ever displace the need for people to think well and solve complicated problems.

2. More than any other class, philosophy trains your brain to think better.

The act of "doing philosophy" trains your brain to think more clearly. It challenges your preconceptions. It alters the way you see the world. Years from now, you may forget a lot of what you learned in college. But the manner in which you think and solve problems will always be better—and will be further refined over time.

3. I want to improve on my deepest ideas, but I don't know how.

Philosophy is the ultimate solution to writer's block, because it challenges your thinking. As we are also the authors of our own lives, so much more does philosophy help us to have different ways to see ourselves and the world around us.

4. I would like to learn how to make a better argument.

You've come to the right place! Logic is one of the primary branches of philosophy, and we'll certainly be going over our fair share of it in class. With our lessons in logic, you will come to see how to build a cogent argument and what fallacies you should avoid.

5. I'd like to know more about all the complicated ideas I see in tv shows, books, and films.

Breaking Bad is a show about morality and how we justify our actions. Man of Steel is a film about existential suffering. The tv show Mad Men is concerned with gender roles. We've had shows like J.J. Abram's Lost that ask questions of metaphysics and films like World War Z that are concerned with human rights for decades. I could go on, but the point is that there are philosophical themes present in every media we consume. Today, writers, film directors, musicians, and artists are in discussion with earlier writers and artists in an on–going conversation streteching back to antiquity. With each successive generation the torch is passed and the discussion continues.

The question for you is simple. Do you want to be in on the conversation?