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Why Study Philosophy?

 What is the practical value of studying philosophy?

 Perhaps the chief practical reason to study philosophy is to acquire a very valuable set of skills.  Philosophy is not just learning what other philosophers have thought.  In philosophy the student becomes the active inquirer, thinker, and solver of problems and not just a passive learner who memorizes ideas.  Philosophy develops skills of critical and moral thinking, argumentation, information management, research, communication, abstract reasoning, and analytic and synthetic thinking.
 Students of philosophy also learn to identify important fundamental questions about themselves and their world through the process of clear, critical thinking and argumentation.