“It took me quite some time to figure out my major. I started with Psychology, then maybe literature, and then finally decided to do maths. I think the thing with me was that I liked the idea of training my mind. Wanted to level things up. I guess that’s one of the consequences of growing up in this world obsessed with self-help. You always want to level up.
When I decided to do Philosophy, I got that. Leveled up, in part. Though, there were a few courses that did much more for me. You know how you think philosophy is going to be a bunch of people talking about life? That does happen sometimes here. On the other hand, there were some training courses. Core philosophy courses like Epistemology, Philosophy of Mind, and so on. A philosopher’s training comes in seeing arguments for what they are. Realizing that we say or think things that are sometimes not quite right. Philosophy to me is about slowing down.
Whether about perception, happiness, existence, or even science, philosophers seem to see something that others don’t. The professors train you to slow down. It seems so simple. Suddenly arguments unravel. If you slow down, you realize that we’re jumping to conclusions all the time. Slowing down not only helps you understand when someone is inconsistent but also to interpret people charitably. Most of all, you get an idea of when you bullshit.
Honestly, if you’re majoring in philosophy, I feel excited for you. These 3 or 4 years will be transformative. So, if you’re anything like me and you feel pulled towards a variety of disciplines, I do suggest you give Philosophy a try.
I’m planning to get into filmmaking. I do think for making serious art, a certain amount of specificity is required. Philosophy builds that in you. Right now, I’m planning to come back for ASP and do a creative thesis in Philosophy. Let’s see how it goes.”
~Vanshaj Garg, UG 2020