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Philosophy? What can you do with that?

A list of links to articles discussing the value of philosophy, with emphasis on careers / employment.

  • Philosophy's Makeover, University Affairs (November 2008): This article focuses on the value of philosophical training in a range of different careers, including public service, law and business.

  • In a New Generation of Students, Many Opt for the Life Examined, N.Y. Times (April 6 2008) An article interviewing philosophy students at Rutgers University and CUNY, pointing out an increase in philosophy enrolments at many universities and commenting on the value of studying philosophy for basic skills, career prospects and personal satisfaction.

  • "Learn Philosophy: The classic discipline can help with contemporary dilemmas and modern careers", U.S. News and World Report (Dec 18 2008) This article begins with a report on the "Ethics Bowl", a debate competition in applied ethics, and then examines the popularity and value of philosophical training and the general thinking skills it develops at a time when changes in career are increasingly common. It also mentions a program for teaching logic and philosophical thinking in primary schools.

  • "I think, therefore I earn", Manchester Guardian (November 20, 2007) A report on the recent success of philosophy graduates in a range of careers.

  • "Philosophers Find the Degree Pays Off in Life And in Work" New York Times (December 26 1997). The central point: "For all the jokes about them, philosophy majors appear to do remarkably well. That, at least, is the conclusion one can draw from an unscientific survey, 20 years after graduation, of the class of 1977 at four schools: Princeton University, the University of Virginia, the University of Nebraska and Texas A & M University."

  • "What can you do with a Philosophy Degree?" Illinois State University—a well-presented case for the broader value of studying philosophy.

  • "THINK ON: Philosophy is a quintessentially modern discipline" London Times (August 15, 1998). "Philosophy is, in commercial jargon, the ultimate 'transferable work skill'".

  • "Why study philosophy?" A statement by Jordan Kotick, Vice-President J.P. Morgan, Wall Street. A brief statement about how studying philosophy has contributed to a very successful business career.

  • "A Non-academic Career?" American Philosophical Association. A very informative page, with links, individual stories and advice on career options for philosophers.

  • This report from statistics Canada confirms that the school-to-job transition is more difficult for humanities and social sciences graduates, and that they begin with lower incomes than their peers in engineering and applied sciences. However, over time the wage gap reverses, and humanities and social sciences grads actually experience less unemployment later in life. This is attributed to the long-term value of the skills that humanities and social sciences students develop.


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Pensées Canadiennes, the Canadian national undergraduate journal of philosophy.

Books for review at Dialogue.

The Equity Committee of the CPA was founded in 1990-1, and works to collect data on the situation of women, visible minorities, philosophers with disabilities, and Aboriginal philosophers in Canada, as well as to share information on best practices to promote equity within the profession. It holds a regular panel as part of the CPA annual meeting to encourage critical reflection on questions of equity. More ...

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