Is Majoring in Philosophy a Bad Idea?

Is Majoring in Philosophy a Bad Idea?

“History, philosophy and psychology majors had employment rates below 30%, although biology majors were the least likely to be employed full-time at 28%. Lower-than-average employment rates for physical sciences and law majors as well, though, might indicate that the graduates in these fields with better prospects moved on to another institution like medical school or law school in pursuit of an advanced degree.”

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32 Replies to “Is Majoring in Philosophy a Bad Idea?”

  1. Some areas of interest should be pursued as a life long learning project, not as preparation for employment. And degrees that end with “studies” usually go with “fries with that?”

  2. Runivis Roan​ People ask questions, philosophy provdes a way for people to answer them.

    “There’s no answer to this question.”, is a determination that can only be reached by philosophical inquiry of some kind, however rudimentary.

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  4. From the sound of this post, I think it’s probably a waste of time to go to a university for anything other than vocational training. A person can study on their own, if they really want to learn, and the political climate of most universities is probably intolerant of serious inquiry.

  5. Universities used to produce scholars and professionals. Not so much any more. But, a student should consider the actual field they enter, just as one considers both the mechanical and aesthetic aspects of a car purchase. Everyone does not need a college degree to work, or to study. And a piece of paper is no guarantee of either employment or knowledge.

  6. Jess Cunningham Yeah, universities used to be places of learning. Now the philosophy at work is that truth is “contextually determined”, and there’s no meaning to life but making more money than someone else.

  7. John Hanley I counseled so many students who gleefully announced they were going to work for non-profits, to be socially responsible and their loans would be forgiven. Then they graduated and discovered they could not arrive at a non-profit, announce they were ready to work, AND get paid more than minimum wage, if at all. Folks need to sort out their passions, their abilities, their objectives, and the rewards and costs of all that. The Steves built Apple in a garage, the Wright Brothers were bicycle makers. Inquisitive minds and hands find a way. Mass education does not make geniuses, and very often runs roughshod over them. Given that elementary education does not produce students proficient in reading, writing, or math, one should not be surprised that six, eight, ten years of more of the same does not make it better. Serious scholarship, the uniting of different strands of thought into a unified, stronger model, or proposing a new organization of thought, or a new path of investigation is a wonderful undertaking. It is just not what most students at most universities are doing today.

  8. Jess Cunningham​ I think it’s worse. The post modern ethic that truth is socially determined, that there is no objective reality, rapidly increasing income inequality… Seems to me as if getting an education is becoming potentially dangerous.

  9. The real philosophers would not try to get a job, like working for somebody. Rather, they are the ones who are fascinatingly capable of making the most of their knowledge and thoughts to make things real and happen as such money or something else that gives them power.

  10. John Hanley that’s true. But what I meant is not the academic skills to study a certain field of philosophy, instead, as a result of studying philosophy at uni, is the ability to think about the world and potential to make things change and happen. Many students are concerned about getting a job after graduating school, not thinking about what to do by themselves. It is because they do not have information about how the world is changing and would be expected to change in a few years, which many experts commonly talk about. Most feelings of fear, anxiety or concern come from lack of information as they cannot predict the future coming soon (This is a simple mechanism that our brain works automatically). My point is that philosophy cannot be studied without acquiring more information (knowledge) in any fields and innovative ideas can be made by this. Therefore, people who studied it properly would have a capability of knowing eventually what they want to do, can do and also have to do. This is the answer from my philosophy professor to my question, what I would be able to do with philsophy later on.

  11. Wisdom is the rightful gain to the knowledge from whence it came. Therefore to major in, is also to pass on such knowledge, in hope that the receiving party will take in and learn in a positive light this in which they take in gaining WISDOM through it. So yes I would say it a good major in which to learn

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