Broadly construed, philosophy began by attempting to answer questions about what we can know and how we should be in the world. These questions led to more questions regarding perception, morality, ethics, aesthetics, religion, knowledge, and social and political institutions. Over the centuries, this gave rise to the main subdisciplines of philosophy such as epistemology (the theory of knowledge), metaphysics (the theory of being), logic (the theory of reason and of inference), value theory (including ethics, politics and aesthetics), and the history of philosophy. A degree in philosophy is ideal preparation for graduate work or careers in a variety of fields including law, medicine, finance, journalism and the arts. It will also let you in on some inside jokes.
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