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    The function of philosophy is to explore fundamental problems of human existence. Every area of human activity—art, science, religion, politics—generates questions and viewpoints that invite philosophical reflection. Socrates went so far as to declare that the unexamined life is not worth living.

    Philosophy is a discipline unique in its methods and subject matter. Becoming skilled in its methods will serve invaluable functions in the undergraduate education. At Stern College for Women, the student learns to deal with complex ideas in a careful and clear way; is trained to eschew vague, impressionistic thinking and to think, instead, critically, rigorously and precisely; acquires the capacity to read carefully and reflectively, and to write in an organized, persuasive fashion.

    Skills such as these are transferable: they serve the student well in any career.

    Philosophy is excellent preparation for any profession that demands the ability to grasp complex ideas, analyze problems from differing vantage points and communicate effectively. Thus, a major or minor in philosophy develops skills necessary for the pursuit of law, journalism, medicine, computer science, business and public administration.

    For more information, contact Dr. David Shatz at shatz@yu.edu.

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