How is the study of philosophy meaningful

Is it worth studying philosophy?

Leibniz The Other  📅 11.02.2018 21:18:23
Is it worth studying philosophy?
Hi,

I am about to graduate and have been thinking about the best course for me for several months. For several years now, I have been dealing intensively with philosophy in my free time and have found very helpful perspectives for my self-image, dealing with others and for the future.

So the idea is of course to look for many more insights in the context of a philosophy degree - only I am aware of the uncertain job prospects and have already found many other courses that are very interesting for me and also significantly more "suitable" for the job market . But I would never want to give up the philosophy and in any case continue to pursue it privately.

But I'm still unsure whether I shouldn't start a 2-subject bachelor's degree with philosophy. The central question for me is: Does the official philosophy degree have any significant added value compared to a "private degree"? I can well imagine that the lectures by experienced professionals and the discussions with fellow students make it easier to grasp and think through philosophical theories and also enrich them with insights that one would not have had in private reading. I wanted to ask about the experiences of philosophy students, whether studying philosophy actually greatly enriches the reading of philosophical texts, or whether one could have achieved what I learned in "private studies" with tolerable cutbacks.

Thanks in advance!
Philosopher  📅 12.02.2018 15:45:12
Re: Is it worth studying philosophy?
In philosophy, lectures only make sense when it comes to the basics. The usual form of teaching is the seminar. Self-study fails very quickly, especially when it comes to the basics. Aristotle can hardly be grasped without background knowledge and expert guidance. It doesn't get any better with modern writers.

On Friday it is again the seminar. There are 2 professors, a visiting scholar and a handful of advanced (postgraduate) students sitting together and discussing a topic in a depth and with a competence that I would never have achieved without formal studies.

As a full degree, philosophy is just a risky thing. You have to be extremely good in order to prevail against the numerous competition when applying for a chair. On the other hand, as a minor in the Bachelor's degree: why not? The basics such as logic and argumentation structures imparted there are also helpful in other subjects and professional fields.
Cautic  📅 12.02.2018 16:29:42
Re: Is it worth studying philosophy?
You could complement your philosophy hobby with a hobby study at the FernUni in Hagen. Then you will mainly study something that will take you further professionally and pursue philosophy within the limits of your capacities. At the FernUni you have no pressure in this regard and can prove as much as you think is right.

Errare humanum est, sed in errare perseverare diabolicum.
aldante  📅 12.02.2018 16:30:42
Re: Is it worth studying philosophy?
The main question is what your professional future should look like, what other interests you still have, etc.

Many people are interested in philosophy. That alone doesn't help you decide whether to study philosophy or not.
Leibniz The Other  📅 12.02.2018 19:14:14
Re: Is it worth studying philosophy?
From Philosopher In philosophy, lectures only make sense when it comes to the basics. The usual form of teaching is the seminar. Self-study fails very quickly, especially when it comes to the basics. Aristotle can hardly be grasped without background knowledge and expert guidance. It doesn't get any better with modern writers.
But isn't it possible to acquire these basics through special literature and secondary literature about various philosophers?

My problem is also that the courses that would interest me and are also economically viable are monobachelors, while all 2-subject Bachelor variants that would be suitable for me (politics + philosophy / sociology + philosophy / history + philosophy ) are comparatively poor in terms of career opportunities.
Re: Is it worth studying philosophy?
From Leibniz The Other Hi,

I am about to graduate and have been thinking about the best course for me for several months. For several years now, I have been dealing intensively with philosophy in my free time and have found very helpful perspectives for my self-image, dealing with others and for the future.

So the idea is of course to look for many more insights in the context of a philosophy degree - only I am aware of the uncertain job prospects and have already found many other courses that are very interesting for me and also significantly more "suitable" for the job market . But I would never want to give up the philosophy and in any case continue to pursue it privately.

But I'm still unsure whether I shouldn't start a two-subject bachelor's degree with philosophy. The central question for me is: Does the official philosophy degree have any significant added value compared to a "private degree"? I can well imagine that the lectures by experienced professionals and the discussions with fellow students make it easier to grasp and think through philosophical theories and also enrich them with insights that one would not have had in private reading. I wanted to ask about the experiences of philosophy students, whether studying philosophy actually greatly enriches the reading of philosophical texts, or whether you could have achieved what you had learned in "private studies" with tolerable cutbacks.

Thanks in advance!
Which are the more suitable courses that promise better career opportunities?
Although I don't study philosophy, I would still recommend it as a hobby
to operate.
Re: Is it worth studying philosophy?
So I am currently attending a philosophy course as an AFK course (external competence)
and in the course of time I talked to two people there. They major in philosophy and one of them is currently writing her bachelor's thesis and said that philosophers are not as unwelcome as it is often said.
She herself wrote "only" six applications and started working at an eMarketing booth in Frankfurt right after completing her studies.

So I think, as is so often the case, it's up to you ...
If you want to study philosophy, do it ... you mostly only read negative things on the internet anyway.
Re: Is it worth studying philosophy?
From Ally_ Anyway So I am currently attending a philosophy course as an AFK course (external competence)
and in the course of time I talked to two people there. They major in philosophy and one of them is currently writing her bachelor's thesis and said that philosophers are not as unwelcome as it is often said.
She herself wrote "only" six applications and started working for one of these eMarketing booths in Frankfurt immediately after completing her studies.

So I think, as is so often the case, it's up to you ...
If you want to study philosophy, do it ... you mostly only read negative things on the internet anyway.
So if one person says that, it must be true.
The last sentence could also be, "If you want to study biology, do it ... on the Internet
one usually only reads negative things anyway. "





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aldante  📅 12.02.2018 21:36:55
Re: Is it worth studying philosophy?
eMarketing booth in Frankfurt - sounds good and hip at first glance, but in truth it most likely means a lot of work with very poor pay
Re: Is it worth studying philosophy?
I would advise against studying philosophy. The job opportunities after graduation are anything but rosy. No matter how good and ambitious you are: what do you want to do with it later? Which occupational fields would come with a B.A / M.A. in question?