Philosophy B.A.
R.E. Why?

Often times when someone finds out I’m studying philosophy in addition to computer science, they ask, “why?” Generally, this means one or both of the following:

  1. Philosophy is a very different discipline from Computer Science; why give yourself extra work?

  2. It has no practical application, so why study it in the first place?

Like any good philosopher, I have a laundry list of reasons, but my answer could be summarized into three major points:

  1. The Fun - most of all, I enjoy it. For me, a good exercise in philosophy leaves me either completely amazed at new possibilities or utterly baffled at a particular worldview - the latter usually transforming into the former with time - which leaves me entertained for days.

  2. The Learned - I learned to value rhetoric early on. I was fortunate enough to grow up with a close, stable, and loving extended family on both sides, but suffice it to say that I come from a very opinionated people. From an early age, constructively defending my points and persuading others to my side quickly became a reaction to any sort of challenge. Given this, I have a natural inclination towards the argumentative style in philosophy.

  3. The Practical - contrary to [what seems to be] popular belief, there’s a surprising amount of overlap between computer science and philosophy:

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Written by Liam Crawford on 13 September 2017