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What Is the Value If Studying Philosophy?

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  • Submitted: 13/08/2003
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WHAT IS THE VALUE IF STUDYING PHILOSOPHY?

ISAAC GONDWE ACCESS TO H E, CITY COLLEGE OF BRISTOL, 2002/2003.

Philosophy has been in existence for many centuries ago .This is the case because it bears certain values that are achieved in studying it. This essay will analyse this question using the arguments presented in defining philosophy and its branches.

According to the Concise Oxford English Dictionary ,"philosophy is seeking after wisdom or knowledge especially that which deals with ultimate reality or with the most general causes or principles of things and ideas and human perception and knowledge of them, physical phenomena (natural philosophy) and ethics (moral philosophy)".

According to this definition most of the values of studying philosophy may be derived from it. Philosophy clarifies language. It is the tool with which we expose nonsense and express ideas in a way that is unambiguous as possible. Mell Thophson in his book called, "Teach Yourself Philosophy" says that philosophy makes a distinction between "analytic" and "synthetic" statements. He says that analytic statements are known to be true once the definition of their terms are understood, for example 2+2 =4. Analytic statements do not require research or experimental

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