Junior College


About the Subject

Philosophy is meant for everyone because it comes to us from our sense of wonder about the universe and our place in it. We are naturally curious about everything, and we desire to know and understand things. We want to be wise rather than plain ignorant. Hence the word ‘philosophy’ means ‘love of wisdom’ in Greek. Whenever we think deeply and consistently about our ideas, concepts, principles, theories, morals, or ways of living, we are doing philosophy. We find ourselves obliged to seek answers to philosophical questions: ‘What is the right way to live? What do I owe to myself, to others and to society? What kinds of lives are good and meaningful?’ Moreover, these are only the most obvious and frequently asked among philosophical questions, for reflective people are also likely to wonder about matters such as the ‘nature of the universe, whether mind is separate from body, the nature and extent of human rights, the best political organisation for society’, and much more.