Philosophy

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Three Reasons Why You Should Consider A Philosophy Degree
In my senior year as a business undergraduate, I stumbled on philosophy. At a used bookstore I’d been going to for years I picked up a philosophy text instead of my usual fiction. The book was Freud’s Civilization and its Discontents, in which he argues that a fundamental source of unhappiness is the tension between innate human desires and ...
How video games enhance learning
In this article, I will provide a philosophical argument of why playing video games helps us learn. I will argue that video games are an enjoyable workout for the mind, and that they are valuable for their ability to improve our general cognitive learning capacities.
What you need to know before you study philosophy
I’ve been studying philosophy since the age of fourteen, when my grandpa, a philosophy professor, invited me to spend the summer with him and learn about Plato and Aristotle with his college undergrads. Right away, I was hooked. Not only were we asking some of the most fascinating questions a human being can consider—what is justice? What is ...
Philosophy Tutor: The Delicate Dance of the Outline (Pt. 1)
Today, our Philosophy Tutor breaks down that most essential--and all-too-frequently-neglected--part of the essay-writing process: the Outline.
Objections and responses in philosophy
My last post on philosophical writing addressed the issue of constructing arguments for your philosophical theses. Since then, model students of philosophy that you are, I’m sure you’ve been wandering the streets, haunting the parks, and occupying the coffee shops of Manhattan, Cambridge, Kalamazoo, or wherever you happen to live, dreaming up ...
What is love of wisdom in philosophy?
The word “philosophy” comes to us from ancient Greek and means “love of wisdom”. Someone who pursues philosophy, then, was supposed to be someone who was seeking the attainment of wisdom. What is wisdom, though, and what is it to love wisdom?
PhD Insider: On Depth and Breadth from a Philosophy tutor
As a philosophy tutor and candidate at Harvard, I can say that philosophy has many roles and does many things. One role is that it is the most fully general subject area, encompassing many kinds of thinking and cultures. The depth and breadth of philosophy as an undergraduate major or gradudate discipline will take you far. One of the United ...
Academic Tutoring: Consciousness & Philosophy
After being ignored or swept under the rug by scientists and philosophers alike for decades, consciousness has come into central focus over the last 20 years. Biologists, neuroscientists, psychologists, and philosophers have all weighed in with books and book reviews proffering or denying new theories attempting to explain consciousness.
What to do with a philosophy major: the view of a philosophy tutor
Suppose you wanted to design an undergraduate major that would provide you with a classic liberal-arts education as well as the skills necessary to gain a competitive edge in some of the world’s most prestigious professions. It might surprise you, but you'd be hard-pressed to do better than the modern philosophy major.
Academic Tutor: What is Philosophy?
My name is Enoch and I am, among other things, a philosophy tutor in Boston. This is my first blog post with Cambridge Coaching and I thought that I would begin by writing about what philosophy is from the perspective of responding to people who want to know what I do. Here is a schematic representation of conversations I am often involved in:
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