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Guide to the Humanities

Guide to the Humanities - Selected Resources

Why study philosophy?

At first glance, it would appear that philosophy has little application in the real world, yet philosophy shapes modern existence. Unlocking the secrets of knowledge acquisition is the primary concern of passionate educators of young people around the globe. Logic forms the basis of all computer technology, as more precise programming commands increase computer speed and efficiency. Ethics plays a major role in medicine, law, and foreign policy. Indeed, the hottest debates surrounding the issues of our time - abortion, capital punishment, welfare, environmentalism, torture, and end-of-life care - all stem from philosophical questons.

From What is Philosophy?

What careers can I have in philosophy?

Today, philosophers can be found working in nearly every career field. Some are scientists developing ways to test household products without using animals. Some are politicians and human rights activists fighting for changes in foreign policy that will alleviate war and poverty for millions of Third World citizens. Some are economists seeking practical solutions to economic inequality. Still others are programmers working on the cutting edge of technology to develop faster and more efficient computer software.

Those who study philosophy tend to lead fulfilling and successful lives. Some of history's most well-known figures were philosophers: Socrates, Plato, John Locke, Friedrich Nietzsche, John Stuart Mill, Adam Smith, Karl Marx, and Noam Chomsky, to name a few.

From What is Philosophy?

Philosophy Databases

Books on Classical Philosophy

Philosophy Encyclopedias and Reference Books

Books on Medieval Philosophy

Books on Early Modern Philosophy

Books on Enlightenment Philosophy

Books on Comparative Philosophy

Books on Contemporary Philosophy