Defending philosophy in Forbes
June 1, 2012
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The Leiter Reports shares a link to this piece in Forbes by a former philosophy major defending the existence of philosophy classes. The article is a response to this piece, which argues that the best way to increase post-college prospects is to cut humanities departments. From the former piece:
From my own experience studying philosophy and religion, and based on the countless students I’ve engaged with over the years initially as classmates and now as colleagues, the humanities instill a rigor of the mind that is purposeful, logical, independent, and creative. Few other disciplines across the educational spectrum provide such an experience. And with respect to employment, many colleagues of mine now work in the nonprofit sector, which is the second largest non-government industry in the United States next to retail. Still others span careers in everything from journalism to national security.