The study of philosophy embodies the mission of Brescia University College, which seeks to produce liberally educated women who not only think critically but also consider the ethical implications of their decisions.
Brescia’s philosophy courses help students to acquire basic cultural literacy, enhance their abilities to articulate and reflect on fundamental issues such as happiness, justice and the meaning of life and to empower students to take their place as citizens capable of critically evaluating arguments that bear on public affairs. Philosophy certainly fits in well with Brescia’s emphasis on women in leadership.
What questions does Philosophy attempt to answer?
Philosophy engages in critical and creative thinking about such fundamental questions as: What is important and worthwhile in life? Is there a sense to the universe? Does God exist? How can I best discover who I am and fulfill my potential as a human being? What moral obligations do people have to one another? What makes societies just? What can we know? Brescia offers courses in which these and many other philosophical questions are explored.
Why Study Philosophy?
There are many reasons for studying philosophy, both personal and practical. In terms of personal growth, philosophy provides unique and rewarding tools for our quest to live an examined life. Philosophy enables us to reflect on questions about who we are and how we should live. It is also worth noting that the study of philosophy, with its emphasis on writing and critical thinking skills, opens many doors for future careers. Philosophy is excellent preparation for professional training, particularly but not exclusively, in business, teaching, and law. In addition, philosophy is good preparation for careers in journalism, publishing, and government. Studies have shown that philosophy students not only score close to the top in graduate entrance exams but that they excel, relative to other disciplines, in the fields of business, law, education, and government after they have graduated. This is perhaps because people with abstract reasoning skills do better in applied fields, on average, than people who lack the ability to abstract from particular problem-situations. Also, there are careers in philosophy itself, such as teaching at the university and high school level and consulting within business, hospitals, and government. Besides these practical considerations, though, philosophy teaches you to think well — a gift that will continually enrich your life.