Philosophy is critical thinking at the most general and fundamental levels of understanding. When we are investigating the foundations of physics, mathematics, language, literature, reason, ethics, existence, knowledge, religion or any other discipline, we are performing philosophy.
Graduates in philosophy are looked favorably upon by the legal and medical professions as such a degree is taken as indicative of an interest in matters of consequence, such as ethics and integrity, and also as indicative of a broad rather than narrow outlook upon life and the world. Organizations which gather and analyze intelligence look favorably upon philosophers because of the widely varied skills philosophers must master. People who study philosophy must be able to read well, process information, think critically, communicate effectively, and must be experts in logic and analytical thinking.
· Philosophy majors rank first among all majors on the verbal section of the GRE.
· Philosophy majors rank first among all majors on the analytical section of the GRE.
· Philosophy majors rank first among humanities majors and eighth among all majors on the quantitative section of the
GRE (bested only by students in immediately math-related disciplines).
· Philosophy majors rank first among all majors in LSAT score.
· Philosophy majors rank first among all majors in law school acceptance rate.
· Philosophy majors rank first among all majors in medical school acceptance rate.
The most important reason people normally choose to study philosophy, however, is not for the pursuit of a career but rather for the pursuit of truth.
Prepared by M. Capistran, lead faculty in philosophy, LSC-Tomball
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