Developing the analytical and reasoning skills that are always in demand.
The analytic and critical skills you develop as a philosophy student are applicable to decisions that must be made in industry, debates on public policy, medical ethics, law, and education. On a more personal level, the study of philosophy can help you to understand yourself as a thinking, acting being. Socrates said that “the unexamined life is not worth living.” He meant especially to include self-examination. What beliefs are important to you and how rationally defensible are those beliefs? What principles do you cite for the actions you perform, and do those principles stand up to scrutiny?
Meet some UVM alums who cite their academic training in philosophy as critical to formulating thier world view, and informing their work in a variety of professions.
Making the Case
Rachel Wertheimer, JD, Class of ‘93
Trial and appellate attorney, Verrill Dana LLP
As a high school senior, my academic interests – to the extent I had any – were in politics and current events. I followed elections; I attended protests. I assumed I would be a political science major. However, after deciding to attend UVM, where my father was a political science professor, I decided not to major in political science, and fell into philosophy instead. It was the best non-decision I ever made.