Monday, September 8, 2014

Why Study Philosophy ?

The chief practical reason to study philosophy is to acquire a very valuable set of skills. In philosophy the student becomes the active inquirer, thinker, and solver of problems and not just a passive learner who memorizes ideas only. Philosophy develops skills of critical and moral thinking, argumentation, information management, research, communication, abstract reasoning, and analytic and synthetic thinking. Students of philosophy also learn to identify important fundamental questions about themselves and their world through the process of clear, critical thinking and argumentation. Philosophy is about watching, interpreting, and understanding the world and the people living in it. Recent scandals and problems in business and government have highlighted the important role of ethics in corporate and public life. Advances in medical practice and research have created a growing need for medical and research ethicists who might work directly with genetic researchers, or assist patients and care-givers in morally difficult situations. Philosophy could make significant contribution, particularly in relation to children's moral development, because the Indian curriculum currently neglects this aim. Philosophy needs to be included in the curriculum because it has demonstrated cognitive and social gains in students who were exposed to philosophy in their academics.