Mon Apr 29, 2019 11:32 pm Post
Tue Apr 30, 2019 11:49 am Post
kewms wrote:Now you've done it! You annoyed me enough to go in search of actual data. It turns out philosophy majors do pretty well, both as preparation for fields like business and law, and in financial terms. http://dailynous.com/value-of-philosoph ... nd-graphs/
Tue Apr 30, 2019 11:54 am Post
When we see a woman bartering beauty for gold, we look upon such a one as no other than a common prostitute; but she who rewards the passion of some worthy youth with it, gains at the same time our approbation and esteem. It is the very same with philosophy: he who sets it forth for public sale, to be disposed of to the highest bidder, is a sophist, a public prostitute.
Xenophon, Memorabilia, 1.6.11, T. Stanley, trans., p. 535
Tue Apr 30, 2019 4:33 pm Post
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Tue Apr 30, 2019 5:29 pm Post
pigfender wrote:Indeed. It’s easy to be unaware, especially if you’ve not been to college, that the main benefit of college isn’t the academic knowledge of your chosen subject. The main benefit is a framework for critical thinking and the proven ability to learn new concepts and apply them.
Tue Apr 30, 2019 6:39 pm Post
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Tue Apr 30, 2019 9:25 pm Post
gr wrote:It think it is a common mistake for undergraduates to tacitly assume that the disciplines at college are something like a menu of jobs they are supposed to choose between. I don't know who or what is to blame for this mistake but we are certainly doing young people a disservice by not correcting it. It is also the case that memes like the one posted here perpetuate this mistaken picture.
Wed May 01, 2019 1:11 am Post
Also, the link I posted discussed opportunities at the bachelor's degree level, not for philosophy PhDs. In equating the two, I believe your cousin would note that you are engaging in a straw man fallacy.
Wed May 01, 2019 1:35 am Post
Back in the days before student loans only wealthy people could afford university or college education. Because the education was to enrich their lives not to make money as they had plenty. After WWll and student loans made higher education available to more people. A lot of people went for degrees in social work and the arts with many more graduates than jobs were available. And the gap between graduates and employable became greater. People were still being sold on the higher status of the univ degree. When you have to work for a living the univ degree is not worth much if their are no jobs available and you are left with big debts .
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