Profession philosopher

Philosophers conduct research into the nature of human experience and existence. They document and report on findings to inform and guide political and individual actions.

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Personality Type

  • Investigative / Conventional
  • Investigative / Artistic

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Knowledge

  • History of philosophy

    The study of the development and evolution of philosophers, philosophical concepts, and ideas throughout history.

  • Philosophy

    The different philosophical systems, their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices and their impact on human culture.

  • Rhetoric

    The art of discourse that aims at improving the ability of writers and speakers to inform, persuade or motivate their audience.

  • Logic

    The study and use of accurate reasoning, where the legitimacy of arguments is measured by their logical form and not by content.

  • Morality

    The principles and beliefs derived from a code of conduct, accepted by a large group of people, that make the distinction between what is right and wrong behaviour.

  • Philosophical schools of thought

    The various sets of philosophical ideas and styles throughout history up to the present such as Calvinism, hedonism and Kantianism.

  • Ethics

    The philosophical study that deals with solving questions of human morality; it defines and systemises concepts such as right, wrong, and crime.

  • Scientific research methodology

    The theoretical methodology used in scientific research involving doing background research, constructing an hypothesis, testing it, analysing data and concluding the results.

Skills

  • Present arguments persuasively

    Present arguments during a negotiation or debate, or in written form, in a persuasive manner in order to obtain the most support for the case the speaker or writer represents.

  • Motivate others

    Direct other people's behaviour by providing them with a convincing reason for action.

  • Use logical reasoning

    Use cognitive abilities to make decisions and to move logically from one idea to another.

  • Perform scientific research

    Gain, correct or improve knowledge about phenomena by using scientific methods and techniques, based on empirical or measurable observations.

  • Apply scientific methods

    Apply scientific methods and techniques to investigate phenomena, by acquiring new knowledge or correcting and integrating previous knowledge.

Optional knowledge and skills

write scientific papers sociology history write research proposals cultural history teach philosophy political ideologies theology perform lectures source criticism journalism religious studies political science politics develop scientific theories metaphysics

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