More Philosophy Please

Philosophy in education is often belittled by the public.  However, philosophy is more than just studying what ancient thinkers believed.

It also includes the study of thinking.  Studying philosophy can improve a person’s critical thinking skills, which improves their chances of success in the workforce and in every other aspect of their lives.

There are many principles found in philosophy that would benefit students, so I think it should be used more in our educational systems.

What do you think on the topic?  Is philosophy overrated or is it underutilized?

 

60 thoughts on “More Philosophy Please

  1. We want more philosophy and much less sport. Look at Finland, they managed (through hook and by crook) just to win only one bronze medal at the Olympics, yet they are number one in education, health and social equality. There has to be a message somewhere.

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    • I don’t think you have to have one without the other, especially with the mental benefits that sport and exercise can provide. Although I do think governments spend far too much on the Olympics and that money could be much better used for education. I do agree that thinking deeply and ethically should be the foundation of modern societies. Especially with the mostly shallow mental experience we have with the internet/technology, I think it’s a necessary expansive exercise for the mind. That being said, I do think educational philosophy is flawed in the sense that the professor’s philosophy is often the lens through which people experience great philosophy of the past. Go back to primary sources for the good stuff!

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  2. I think Philosophy should be a critical part of the education program because it can be used to encompass so many realities of life. I find it incongruous that we cannot predict what our world will “look like” in the next 5 – 10 years re technological advancements etc., and yet we have a program that is expected to prepare students for the next 15 – 20 years or more! Perhaps if more time were spent with the philosophical aspects of our ever changing world, our students would be better equipped to understand and actively participate in whatever environment they find themselves in.

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  3. Philosophy is definitely underutilized. I see Philosophy as a necessity for growth. I think that there are so many aspects of our modern lives that encourage us to be followers instead of thinkers.

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  4. In my humble opinion, I think it is underutilized.
    As I see it, many problems could be solved better were one to stop and truly think about how the decision (no matter which one chosen) will play out.
    By taking this approach, hopefully better choices would be made.
    But, that is just this writer’s opinion.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  5. Philosophy is under-appreciated by the populous. Course, humanity has never been much for rational thought.

    In official philosophy, charlatanism is far more common that actually philosophizing. Reading most “philosophy” is like watching autistic children count grains of sand – they need to invent new words, extremely elaborate theories, etc, to make simple statements. Smoke and mirrors.

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  6. As a recent graduate with a philosophy degree, I think the stigma of it being useless and irrelevant is completely bogus. Written and oral communication, critical thinking, rational thought, and critical analysis have all been recently ranked as some of the top desired skills that employers are looking for in candidates fresh out of college. I have only ever been told that my degree and resume are quite impressive.

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  7. Learning philosophy can completely alter the way people look at life and can direct them into seeing the world as a much more beautiful place. While I personally believe everyone should at least take one philosophy course in college, it should really be introduced in high school. Show students that there is much more to the world than the way we find it to exist now, and there will still be much more when the world continues to exist without us.

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  8. Philosphy is more than just a word easily used… We use it unconciously. But what we could do is remove the veil that is blocking this warmth of knowledge and further then explore more in the thoughts. Bringing awareness about the same is must. And must is that we adapt to that true self – for we humans are rational thinkers…

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  9. Yes it is true philosophy is the only subject where we talk so much about our life.
    As most part’s of philosophy are proved as a true view thus it is a bitter ground for many….

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  10. I’ve suggested that children should be exposed to philosophy and science education at earlier years. The argument against this proposition is that children don’t have the ability to process abstraction during formative years. However, much of the mathematics young children learn are quite abstract when they have to understand the rules and the methods of the operations.

    Nevertheless, I agree with you: philosophy is much more than just thinking, it offers formulations that can improve one’s critical thinking.

    Excellent post!

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  11. I think the employability factory of philosophy is underrated. There are employers in various fields very interested in people with a philosophical background. I know people with only a bachelor’s degree in philosophy who got into wealth management or who work as paralegals.

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  12. Philosophy made learning fun for me. It goes far beyond the study of the field, though I tend to enjoy and appreciate it all the more for enriching my ability to learn. Developing the critical thinking skills to consider even basic existential questions has been paramount in my victorious bout with chronic depression. I’m actually very passionate about spreading the resounding YES response to your question, it does me well to know others are on the same page. I read an article on BigThink the other day that touches on this. Teaching students philosophy will improve their academic performance

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  13. michaelrdjames says:

    In England during the 1970’s Philosophy of Education was an important part of our teacher training course . I and a few other students became so convinced of its importance that we went on to study the subject at doctoral level before going back to teaching- We were in part of the Wittgensteinian movement or revolution or whatever one would like to call it.Philosophy was necessary at the time to combat educational ideas which were trying to undermine the focus on knowledge with a focus on the emotions and imagination of the learner. Philosophy enabled us to see the necessity for integrating both of these aspects of the educational process.
    Surely more Philosophy is needed in both the training of politicians who decide upon these matters and also generally in the voters who are supposed to be the gatekeepers of our electoral systems and determine who is to gain access to the power centers of our world.

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  14. Hello Lynn,

    I think that only philosophy is not enough.We need to implement that philosophy on our lives. I know a lot philosopher who are very unhappy, because they know a lot, but they do not applying any of it on themselves .

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  15. Yes, absolutely. I’ve been saying this myself. I try to make Philosophy more accessible and “cool” by applying it to relevant issues as well as through memes.

    And I think part of the problem may lie there – there are too many armchair philosophers and elitists who only want Philosophy to remain as closely akin to its traditional mode of presentation & discourse as possible. This limits its accessibility to the public and hence the communication of the value to the public.

    And yes, it has great value in terms of both life and job skills. Critical thinking, as you mentioned, as well as pro-con evaluation, reading and interpretation skills, argumentation, language, tolerance & open-mindedness, creativity and so on.

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  16. Reblogged this on Uncommon Bond and commented:
    Totally agree. I wanted to get a degree in Philosophy when I was in college. But back then no one really knew what to do after school besides teach or preach! Now, you can teach life skills. People look at it completely different. And, it’s still my favorite subject.

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  17. leilaah says:

    Philosophy is incredibly important if we want young people to start to think and question for themselves. It helps with critical thinking and improves the students we send out into the working world. Totally agree with this post.

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  18. Anannya Muntasir says:

    Philosophy is the most underestimated subject. We are yet to recognise its benefits. Nevertheless no matter we are studying science, commerce or arts, philosophy should be a compulsory subject. Because it teaches can reveal the true meaning of life to us.

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  19. aaka001 says:

    The subject philosophy makes sense of something intangibe and make us comfortable with what we are doing in the content of our living standards. Our thought process can manage the philosophy what we call critical thing. The hasisatory moments introduce your thouhgt process to prgress within the epicenter of your figure to figure out the matters.

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  20. It seems to me that philosophy is a necessary part of every education system. It involves asking one of the most important questions there is-why? It is a necessary part of everybody’s life to ask the crucial question ‘why?’ and to examine and scrutinize the reasons for what we do. Moreover, philosophy involves examination of both the world around us and our own selves. As Socrates said, ‘the unexamined life is not worth living’. Philosophy enables us to know ourselves better, while also allowing us to question what kind of person we want to become and what we believe to be worthwhile in this life, and it may be that these are the kind of questions that are the most crucial.

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  21. Strings says:

    Maybe it’s a problem of identity: of philosophy’s relationship to science. Some say that science has made philosophy obsolete. This view is akin to saying that science progresses by the scientific method, and relegating everything that doesn’t to philosophy. But how does philosophy progress? By theory? Theory is ephemeral, but data is eternal. If philosophy does not contain an experimental component to validate its theories, then it cannot compete with science and is indeed obsolete. If philosophy does accept an experimental component, then is it any different from science? I don’t want to pose this as a purely semantic concern. The qualities espoused by the traditional disciplines of philosophy and science may not be fully overlapping, but certainly ought to be.

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  22. Philosophy is probably one of the more underrated counterparts of science. Some of you may argue that philosophy and science are separate entities, but I say it is a part of science because philosophy existed even before science and it is the thinking process set into motion by philosophers that actually culminated into science. Apart from that, philosophy is important because our sole purpose in life is not to earn some money, buy a house and have kids. Philosophy is just one of the steps to uncover the answers to so many questions about existence and purpose which we all think about, but smother with our routine lives and immediate problems.

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