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.
Designing a Future
Tara Wood '97
Designer and Project Manager, Wannemacher Jensen Architects
Tara double-majored in philosophy and in art at UVM, receiving her B.A. in 1997. After completing graduate studies in Architecture at the University of South Florida, Tara settled in the St. Petersburg-Tampa Bay area. In her work with Wannemacher Jensen Architects she has completed design and planning projects for the Largo Community Center (certified by the U.S. Green Building Council for Leadership in Energy and Environment), the Ford Amphitheater Soundwall, several sustainable-energy-plant projects, and two shelters for women and children in need. In addition, Tara co-owns, with her husband, the Cycle Brewery in St. Petersburg, Florida, a structure Tara also designed. Her background in philosophy helped prepare her for her post-UVM ventures.
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