The word 'philosophy' stems from two Greek words that, conjoined, may be translated as “the love of wisdom.”
So what is philosophy? It has to do with knowing. Not “knowing” as in merely being cognizant of facts, but rather in terms of "making sense of" or "understanding". While some individuals are content to be learned, the student of philosophy seeks true comprehension.
To study philosophy is to strive after defensible views on the basic issues of knowledge and value. Philosophy challenges one to develop consistent and reasonable positions on such matters as the nature and scope of human knowledge, the grounds for moral and political principles, the character of religious belief, and the methods employed by both practical and theoretical sciences. This study encourages responsible, independent thought and action. And it widens one’s experience by disclosing surprising alternatives to settled opinions and habitual beliefs.