Philosophy

Philosophy is about fundamental questions and concepts related to human existence, knowledge, creativity, logic, ethics, etc.

Studying in this area involves learning about different approaches to thinking critically about a wide range of issues.

This includes using logic and constructing arguments and debating issues.

Philosophy is also about the ideas of philosophers from ancient times through to the present day.

NZ university majors related to this area

Though in the same subject area, they may be very different.

Did you know?

The word "philosophy" comes from the Greek "philosophia" which means "love of wisdom".

Examples of career opportunities

Most entail additional learning (lifelong learning!).

  • Philosopher
  • Ethicist
  • Public policy analyst
  • Social justice campaigner
  • Journalist
  • Writer
  • Teacher
  • Academic

Income and employment prospects

Income

138% of national
median earnings


Employment

59%
Employed
3%
Unemployed
30%
Further study
8%
Other or unknown

Figures based on young domestic graduates 5 years after graduation. Source: Ministry of Education.

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