Philosophy has been divided into several traditional areas: METAPHYSICS concerns the nature of "reality" and existence; EPISTEMOLOGY explores the nature, source and limits of knowledge;


ETHICS studies the nature of right and wrong, duty and moral obligation and ; LOGIC helps us determine the difference between correct and incorrect reasoning.


At Yakima Valley Community College, our courses focus in helping students develop a number of abilities that promote an understanding of Philosophy; the ability to analyze; the ability to organize, assess and compare claims;


the ability to read and listen with care and discernment; and the ability to articulate in both written and oral forms what one thinks and why.

"We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light."

- Plato



The vast majority of people with advanced degrees in Philosophy work in the field of education, as teachers, lecturers, and writers.

Philosophy majors also work in many other fields, as well as in academic positions outside teaching. Some of the more common areas in which Philosophy majors work are as follows:



Business, Creative Writing, Editing, Education, Film Making, Illustration, Fine Art Painting, Law, Technical Writing.

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