The word "Philosophy" comes from the Greek "philosophia" (φιλοσοφία), which means: "love of wisdom".
Philosophy studies enduring issues about ourselves and our place in the world, including issues about our knowledge of nature, the immortality of the soul and the rationality of religious belief, mind and action, freedom of the will and responsibility, moral value, political legitimacy, rights and liberty. The history of philosophy, conceived as the study of the texts and ideas of influential philosophers (e.g. Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Aquinas, Descartes, Locke, Hume, Leibniz, Kant, and Hegel), is also part of philosophy. But philosophy does not look only to the past. It also studies issues that emerge from recent scientific, technological and cultural developments. Moreover, philosophy is as much about method as subject matter. Philosophers develop multi-purpose analytical skills that allow them to interpret complex texts and to construct and assess arguments in a clear and rigorous fashion
Why Study Philosophy?
One good reason is that it's interesting and fun. Another is that the kinds of questions philosophy asks are unavoidable if one wants to live a thoughtful, responsible, and fruitful life. Philosophy also develops skills that are widely transferable to other areas of study and to the professional world. Because of its unique emphasis on clarity, argumentation, and critical evaluation, even a single course in Philosophy...
• Develops the students' powers of reasoning.
• Improves their ability to critique the views of others.
• Clarifies and improves their communication, both written and spoken.
• Helps them to organize their thoughts rationally and present them in a clear, coherent manner.
• Teaches them to get to the heart of an issue, and to distinguish it from less important matters.
"Philosophy is the science which considers truth."
The Rise of Greek Civilization: Democracy and philosophy arose from Greek cities at the edge of the civilized world.
Greek Thought: Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle laid the foundation of Western intellectual thought.
Karla Pierce, M.A. (5 Main Branches of Philosophy - Chart)