What Is Philosophy?
Unlike other academic disciplines, philosophy is not limited to a single area of investigation.
Philosophy asks general questions about the nature of existence, the scope of knowledge, the meaning of life, and the bases of morality. In asking these questions, philosophy teaches us to assess our beliefs and values and to take responsibility for our commitments.
The term "philosophy" comes from the Greek philosophia, meaning love of wisdom. The study of philosophy leads toward wisdom because it requires rigorous thinking and cultivates self-understanding. Philosophy prepares a person not only for a variety of career options but also for the challenges of life.