Opinion: Philosophy more than a major

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Philosophy

A lot of people assume that philosophy is only about arguing and never coming to any conclusions.

However, there is a lot of work involved that seems to go completely unnoticed.

If you have ever taken a class with Patrick Monaghan, the assistant philosophy professor on campus, it requires critical thinking and great attention to detail.

You must also be able to rationalize and stay objective, which seems to be rare in arguments these days.

Additionally, if you have taken PRE-105, or “Logic and Problems”, with Monaghan you know that it is more than simply picking a side and defending it. There is a systematic approach to philosophy that seems to be ignored.

“Despite the stereotypes, philosophy is an immensely practical discipline,” Monaghan said.

When people think about philosophy majors, their first question is often about its application in modern career fields, when in reality, philosophy can apply to almost any career.

Rationality and logic can be applied to any situation in a beneficial way.

A world without rationality and logic is an uneducated one.

While I would not go as far as saying everyone is a philosopher, I would say that everyone has encountered philosophy in their lives, whether they realize it or not.

Religious ideologies often fall under philosophical teachings, as do a majority of political stances.

When people think of philosophy, they are usually thinking of Socrates and Plato, forgetting that they have their own philosophies as well.

Whether you are pro-life or pro-choice, or even whether or not you believe in the existence of aliens, it can be counted as a philosophy.

The point is that philosophy is much more important to our lives than we like to think.

Without philosophy, where would we even be?

Philosophy courses are highly beneficial for all types of students and I would recommend registering for one as soon as possible.