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Philosophy Degrees

Philosophy degrees are all about asking big questions - the value of life, the basis of morality, the nature of the world around us. Thanks to the ever accelerating advancements made in the ‘hard’ sciences over the past 200 years, human knowledge has advanced to a point that once would have been inconceivable.

However, such disciplines can only really deal with ‘how’ – ‘why’ is a different matter altogether. Science cannot explain the purpose of human existence or fully get to grips with the complexity of human relationships; it can’t explain the value of life, or why something is right or wrong; and it cannot explore the ideas we use to make sense of the phenomenal world around us. This, instead, is the remit of philosophy.

Key Skills

Common skills acquired from a philosophy degree include:

  • Critical thinking
  • The ability to form and present a clear and well reasoned argument
  • The capacity to deal with multiple viewpoints and to discern which is most valid
  • Being able to discern what it is at the core of a matter, and what is important
  • Being able to differentiate between what’s valid and what’s not
  • The ability to concentrate and think deeply about a difficult issue
  • The capacity to deal with new and challenging ideas
  • Wide subject-specific knowledge
  • An ability to interpret events through philosophy
  • A deeper understanding of art