PHILOSOPHY Major — practical or not?

 Anonymous (@) 7 years, 9 months ago

I want to get a major in Philosophy but don’t know if its practical, i keep hearing that it isn’t “practical”.

If anybody here has any experience with it or knows tangible information on this, please, inform me.

January 9, 2014 at 3:15 pm
MonkeyZazu (1,865)M (@monkeyzazu) 7 years, 9 months ago ago

I looked up philosophy jobs a while back. The only thing I kept coming across were teaching positions. I heard that its somewhat good to have philosophy as a minor because it shows employers you think deeply on topics, or your interested in the deeper aspects of things.

I think the reason people say its not practical because you pretty much have to find someone who will pay you to think about and ponder on problems all day. That or get a job teaching philosophy. It kind of also depends on the branch of philosophy too. I would imagine political philosophy would probably trump epistemology in usefulness in finding a job.

But you know the motto, “Follow your bliss.” If it’s what you wanna major in, go for it. Figure out everything else along the way.

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Morgan Hensley (185) (@mghensley) 7 years, 9 months ago ago

From an employment perspective, no, not particularly (that being said, I’m an English major).
Also, Philosophy professors tend to be very narrow-minded. You would think that it would be the opposite, but they are all so educated and biased that if you disagree with them they will shoot you down.

Read philosophy on your own. Use IEP.utm.edu to help with difficult readings. Just check stuff out from the library.

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MonkeyZazu (1,865)M (@monkeyzazu) 7 years, 9 months ago ago

Thanks for sharing that website. I was looking around for more information on the works of Ludwig Wittgenstein. This website has exactly what I wanted. Way better than wikipedia.

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Rev (3) (@jdelarosa8) 7 years, 9 months ago ago

if it is your passion, just go for it! i was told the same thing about pursuing quantum physics. unless u become a teacher, u don’t really get paid for doing work unless u r sponsored to prove a specific theory or have already made a discovery, but this is my passion. whatever it takes, i’ll do it.

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LVX (297) (@Vovinawol) 7 years, 9 months ago ago

It is only practical if you plan to teach it in the future. But not very useful in the present state of society outside of being a collage professor. If you feel it is right to major in this subject for spiritual reasons, then it is probably the right thing for you though.
Only you know what your bubble feels like.

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Thought depths (4) (@jiggaboo) 7 years, 9 months ago ago

If you absolutely LOVE it if not do a little exploring

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