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Contrary to some of the vacuous bullshit you'll find on this page, philosophy is a noble, no, possibly THE most noble academic discipline one can study. Sans repeating what our friend correctly said about the five major fields, I will say this: We live and die for philosophy. Even if we don't realize it, nearly everything we believe is predicated on someone's philosophical investigations. To debase the mother of all sciences as a "waste of the taxpayer's money" is to admit barefaced ignorance.

Oh yeah, and philosophy majors score higher than any other majors on the graduate exam; mathematics students come in second. Maybe they're doing something right.

PS. I'm not a philosophy major.
Do philosophy, dipshit.
by Matt May 26, 2004
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When you think up something brilliantly righteous while baked.
X: I had this great highdea last night
Y: You clearly were philosopher stoned.
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1. The major for people who value education and intelligent thought over silly matters such as getting a job.

2. The reason that one day I will live in a box, unless I buckle down and take those damn LSATs.
Homeless man: Give me money!
Pedestrian: Hey, I recognize you! Werent you an honors philosophy student at my college?
Homeless man: But what does 'recognition' REALLY mean? *ponders*
by susievader September 30, 2007
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The habit of continuously asking questions about every aspect of the human condition.Has been known to make some of its adepts pompous and arrogant,but has also made others a little brighter than they were before.
Philosophy was an integral part of his/her life.
by Joe Twothree May 16, 2004
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A field of study which can essentially be divided into the subfields of epistemology, metaphysics and ethics.

Epistemology is the study of knowledge, how it is gained and to what degree it is possible.

Metaphysics is the study of what exists, how it exists and how we define it.

Ethics is the attempt, having decided upon theories of knowledge and existence, to create a coherent way of living.

Contrary to popular belief, philosophy is not, or at least does not have to be, useless. If everyone thought carefully about what they believe, why they believe it and how they should act accordingly the world would be a better place. Everyone from politicians to scientists to soccer-moms must make decisions of ethics which affect them and those around them.
Sartre (a major figure in philosophy) says of epistemology that we cannot have absolute knowledge, of metaphysics that the world is subjective, and of ethics that by existing we choose ourselvse and the world.
by yes, I am a philosophy major August 03, 2006
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