Granted we can’t do anything with philosophy, might not philosophy do something with us? Martin Heidegger
At its root, the act of philosophy is as simple as asking questions about our existence and trying to formulate answers: How ought I to act? What is real? What can be known? By this standard, we are all philosophers in that we must produce tentative answers to these questions in order to comprehend our own experiences. In an academic environment the study of philosophy is directed toward proactively exploring the nature of those questions and the reasoning behind their possible answers. Engaging in this philosophical process broadens our perspectives, reduces ignorance, and enriches our ability to coexist with others who are likely to perceive the world differently. The role of philosophy, since its inception and as it is incorporated into the offerings at PCC, is precisely the attempt to encourage an attitude of critical reflection that yields practical personal and social benefits. Without the ability to recognize problems, examine possible solutions, implement actions, and assess values, a person is ill-equipped to succeed in his or her current or future environment. It is for this reason that philosophy serves as a cornerstone in the educational curriculum of students and continues to provide the repertoire of skills needed to flourish in the 21st Century.