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The word philosophy comes from the Greek word philo meaning 'love', and sophia meaning 'wisdom.' So philosophy means 'love of wisdom.' Philosophy courses are about the ultimate nature of things, including knowledge, reality, reasoning, the human mind, religious belief, truth, free will, human nature and democracy, as well as ethical issues in biology, medicine, law, politics, and the environment. The Philosophy Department at Capilano University offers a wide range of university courses introducing students to most of these issues.
Philosophy is the activity of creating thoughtful answers to many of our most important questions. Philosophy is excellent preparation for any profession, but the most important reason for studying philosophy is human curiosity about fundamental problems concerning the nature of reality and how we ought to live. As Socrates said, "The unexamined life is not worth living."
Philosophy helps you get a job, choose a career, and be prepared for the unexpected. How? Philosophy doesn't teach you one specific skill -- it teaches you how to learn, how to think critically, and how to choose and flourish in whatever career you want.
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"The man who has no tincture of philosophy goes through life imprisoned in the prejudices derived from common sense, from the habitual beliefs of his age or his nation, and from convictions which have grown up in his mind without the co-operation or consent of his deliberate reason."
~ Bertrand Russell, The Problems of Philosophy
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Capilano University is named after Chief Joe Capilano, an important leader of the Squamish (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh) Nation of the Coast Salish people. We respectfully acknowledge that our campuses are located on the territories of the Lil’wat, Musqueam, Sechelt (shíshálh), Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.