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(The Atlantic)   Now that we have science, do we truly need philosophy? Well, we do need philosophy majors; otherwise, who would staff our Starbucks, our Buffalo Wild Wings, and our Barnes & Nobles?   ( divider line
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2014-03-30 11:39:46 AM  

ronaprhys: If by cornerstone, you mean it could be covered in roughly 20 minutes by any competent teacher, then yes, it's necessary.

So, you don't actually know anything about philosophy, huh?
2014-03-30 11:41:46 AM  
Anyway, as another Philosophy major, I would recommend the degree to anyone.

I would not recommend making it your primary degree, however. Unless you want to get into teaching it.
2014-03-30 12:00:54 PM  

i.r.id10t: [ image 400x275]

Dole Office Clerk: Occupation?
Comicus: Stand-up philosopher.
Dole Office Clerk: What?
Comicus: Stand-up philosopher. I coalesce the vapors of human experience into a viable and meaningful comprehension.
Dole Office Clerk: Oh, a *bullshiat* artist!
Comicus: *Grumble*...
Dole Office Clerk: Did you bullshiat last week?
Comicus: No.
Dole Office Clerk: Did you *try* to bullshiat last week?
Comicus: Yes!

I think it was funnier when the other guy did it like 50 posts ago. ;-)
2014-03-30 12:35:56 PM  
Slaves don't need to think for themselves.
2014-03-30 01:45:04 PM  

HotWingAgenda: Meh. I'd work in a wing shop. But I'd need to be in charge of the recipes and the beer selection.

That sounds like a great job.

2014-03-30 02:09:25 PM  

Gyrfalcon: garkola: So what do philosophers do these days?

It sounds like most of what passes for philosophical discourse these days is a rehashing of the Greek originals - at least that's what the article seems to say. While interesting, why not just go back to the original?

What did philosophers ever do?

Really, of all the strange degrees to get, philosophy seems like one of the strangest. "What do you do?" "I sit around pondering all day long."

Says the anthropologist.

(double major in philo, minors in anthro & politics ... oh and an economics degree.)
2014-03-30 03:02:06 PM  
As long as we can imagine things that don't exist, we will need philosophy. Even the stupidest philosophies can be used as bad examples.

/it is not a replacement for science, any more than science is a replacement for philosophy
//it is a decent replacement for religion, though
///also a more dangerous one, as philosophy's more questionable leaps of logic can't be shut down simply by asking, "why does your God make bad things happen to his good and faithful people?"
2014-03-30 06:46:32 PM  
Came for the "every PhD is a Doctor of Philosophy", leaving very disappointed. Silly question, the more 'no' answers we see is increasing evidence for an overall 'yes'!
2014-03-30 06:58:37 PM  
Judging by Fark comments, yes, we do need Philosophy, and I'd say it needs to be taught in high school. Maybe not majors, but everyone should be required to take one or two philosophy classes.

For starters, philosophy class teaches how to properly use reason. You will learn binary math and the use of logical operators. That's useful if you want to make logical decisions, move forward to either an engineering or a law degree.

I took Discrete Math which is a more engineering-leaning class, but talking with my aunt who is a paralegal, she studied a lot of the same things I did in her philosophy class.
2014-03-30 08:22:50 PM  

maram500: The people who went $30,000 into debt for a degree in painting...? Or acting...or math...or vocal music.

When one of my kids was going into Peabody Conservatory, we had the financial aid lecture.  Piano/violin/flute majors?  Meh.  Dime a dozen; you'll probably pay extra.  Oboe/bassoon?  Yeah, let's talk.  But if you're a male vocalist, name your price; we'll give you everything and anything.  (Our son was a guitar major.  He got nothin'.)
2014-03-30 08:41:25 PM  

ronaprhys: A person's worth is demonstrated by what they bring back to society.

There are certainly many liberal arts majors who overestimate their worth.

On the other hand, your post is the perfect expression of knowing the price of everything and the value of nothing.
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