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What is Philosophy?

In a broad sense, philosophy is an activity people undertake when they seek to understand the world and humanity's place in it. Those who study philosophy are perpetually engaged in asking, answering, and arguing for their answers to life’s most basic questions. As an academic discipline, Philosophy pursues questions that have been of perennial interest to everyone, such as: what is the nature of happiness?  Is the future predetermined?  Is democracy the best form of government?  Is the mind anything more than the brain?

But, contrary to popular myth, the virtues of a Philosophy degree are not only theoretical but practical too.  Through careful and accessible supervision, it teaches students how to think, write and speak with exactness, clarity and imagination, and it helps them to see themselves and the world around them in terms of many different perspectives or points of view. 

Why Study Philosophy at Queen's?

Philosophy at Queen’s offers education, research and scholarship of the highest quality in the major fields of philosophy, aiming to be a centre of philosophical excellence and to provide a friendly and supportive learning environment.  

Philosophy at Queen’s has developed a number of international links that allow students - both undergraduate and postgraduate - to study abroad. In particular it has important links to a number of philosophy departments in universities in China.