Philosophy critically examines the most basic beliefs about the world and the place of people in it. Inquiry in philosophy grapples with such basic questions as: Can we be sure of our beliefs? What are the grounds for correct judgments? How do we distinguish between right and wrong? What is a person? Are we free or causally determined? Is there a God?
Philosophy strives to develop the ability to reason, to distinguish between good and bad arguments, to navigate through a maze of questions, to clarify puzzling concepts and to use logic in situations ruled all too often by prejudices.