The term “philosophy” means “love of wisdom” in Ancient Greek. The Ancients understood wisdom as a good in itself and a path toward living well. Philosophy has the same goals as it did then, and it has evolved with the growth of knowledge and the complexities of the 21st century, including the recognition that political structures and social power affect what is accepted as knowledge in a given community.
Philosophical inquiry lies at the core of a liberal arts education. It contributes clarity and depth to intellectual endeavors, practical decision-making and moral and social questioning. And it sharpens skills that are essential to graduate study and highly valued in the work place, including the abilities to identify and evaluate assumptions, make sound arguments, analyze information, understand and respect different perspectives, and communicate clearly. By cultivating these skills and the insights they facilitate, the Philosophy major prepares students for any profession or activity they choose to pursue while providing tools for living a productive and meaningful life.
At Guilford, Philosophy majors pursue questions about ethics, the self, social identities and norms, justice, knowledge, technology, the environment, and the mind, while continually articulating new questions in response to a changing world. People with Philosophy degrees make important contributions in medicine, information technology, social work, law, public policy, education, and the arts, among other professions and career paths.
Whether you are going into business, dabbling in the arts or devising communications technology for the 21st century, there is a philosophical bend in how you will be prepared to leave Guilford ready for any challenge.