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Undergraduate Studies

Philosophy aims at the logical clarification of thoughts.
Philosophy is not a body of doctrine but an activity. ...
Without philosophy thoughts are, as it were, cloudy and indistinct: its task is to make them clear and to give them sharp boundaries.
- Ludwig Wittgenstein Tractatus 4.112

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Why study philosophy?

Philosophy is about some of the deepest, most fascinating questions there are, such as - How should I live? What am I? Can science explain everything? Does God exist? Do we have free will? What is beauty? Students read the works of the world's greatest thinkers, ancient and modern, Chinese and Western, from Confucius and Plato to Zhu Xi and Kant to Zhuangzi and Nietzsche. Philosophy students acquire a deep appreciation of universal human concerns, and broaden their horizons in a way no other field of study can. They also learn to apply what they learn to issues facing citizens of contemporary societies. Philosophy offers excellent training for life-long learning and for a wide range of careers by developing skills in interpreting, organizing, and evaluating complex theories; identifying and analyzing problems and reasoning critically and creatively about how to solve them; applying logic to show why some views are well supported and others not; and communicating clearly in speech and writing. A core part of a traditional liberal arts education, philosophy is widely recognized as offering excellent preparation for a variety of professions in business, government, journalism, law, or medicine. Above all, the study of philosophy makes life more interesting and worthwhile.

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Hong Kong Legislator Margaret Ng Professor Kwong-loi Shun

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