What is philosophy? Why is it important?

There is this preconceived notion that philosophy has very little intrinsic worth, especially in the twenty-first century. Many people have a hard time comprehending the significance of a study they believe has long been replaced by psychology and the natural sciences. Many people are intrigued then when I tell them I am a philosophy major at Johns Hopkins.


So I’m often asked two questions. What is philosophy? Why is it important?

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