Philosophy, literally, is the love of wisdom. It is the search for truth and the asking of fundamental questions about our existence, and relationship with the world and interaction with others. Philosophy includes the study of arguments, and the providing of evidence and reasons for making particular claims.
The practice of philosophy teaches critical thinking and careful reflection; all courses encourage students to formulate pertinent questions and examine and create arguments. It is hoped that students will continue to use careful reasoning skills honed in philosophy classes as they continue in their education and in life. Areas of concentration within philosophy include logic, ethics, religion and the theory of knowledge.
Philosophy is helpful for careers in law, teaching, business, medicine and many other fields. Philosophy courses fulfill a number of requirements for the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum and graduation requirements.
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