Where do you start with philosophy?

What should I do with philosophy?

At best, you should begin studying philosophy when you can say with some certainty that you have a passion for philosophical problems and look forward to dealing with long and substantial texts. In addition, you should have fun and be interested in writing theoretical and abstract texts yourself. Ideally, the philosophy course (like any other humanities course) is always one End in itself. But of course philosophy students should also think about their job and livelihood during their studies. However, these considerations will be strongly geared towards personal skills and interests:

  • Do you dare to do a very good degree in philosophy and invest a lot of additional time in studying languages ​​(ancient Greek, Latin etc.) or logic and philosophy of science, for example? Then the pursuit of an academic career comes into consideration.
  • If you would like to represent positions in front of larger groups and from your philosophy studies v. a. If you want to take the analytical problem-recognition skills with you, it might be conceivable for you to work in a marketing department or in a management consultancy.
  • Other professions that studied philosophers can take up are, for example, journalist, teacher at the adult education center, lecturer in a publishing house or speaker at a foundation.

Most philosophers who have completed their studies well (in the standard period of study) also find an interesting job. The following principle applies here: Those who demonstrate the necessary independence and initiative during their studies often also manage to do so (e.g. through targeted applications for internships, etc.) when exploring future career opportunities. As a philosopher, you always are Self-organizer. In addition, first-year students who start their philosophy studies directly after school should bear in mind that after completing a bachelor’s degree there is always the possibility of one Further qualification consists: be it in the form of a visit to a (philosophical) master- or even a doctoral program, be it in a completely different professional area.

The following volume with reports from twelve philosophy graduates who have found jobs in different professions may give you more concrete inspiration: Klausener, Helge (ed.): Professions for Philosophers, Darmstadt: WBG 2004.

Thomas Wyrwich (Academic Advisor)