Why philosophy? Why not!! (Tales of an unemployed philosopher)

It’s been over 5 years since I graduated with my philosophy (and history) degree(s).  I got half way through my Masters in philosophy when the urge to have children began.  I still sometimes regret not finishing my Masters when I was pregnant, but I figured that would be pretty hard to do — and I liked the idea of actually getting some maternity leave for the following year.  Now I know I could’ve done it, but whatever…

So, even though philosophy has been a major part of my life for 9 years now, I am still shocked when people say, “Why did you take philosophy anyway?  What good did it do for you?”  My answer is:  I took philosophy because I had 4 years of free tuition, I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life, and I figured I may as well take something that I really loved.  And not only that.  I think philosophy is really useful.  This always gets them.  “Useful?!  Ha!” blow(That’s just for you, Marc.)

Then I have to go into my rant about how everyone does philosophy, everyday, over everything.  And how I feel that philosophy has been the best (and worst) preparation for raising children.  The best because it has given the ability to think thoroughly about all areas of life and look at things from different perspectives (whether on raising moral creatures or how to discipline).  The worst because it has given me the ability to think too much about those things.  And the rant goes on.  I talk a lot about Hegel and the balance between extremes and the evolution of our understanding, the problem of subjectivity, and the whole bit.

In the end, I think people mostly smile and nod.  But that’s okay.   Today, Marc sent me a link that proved that you can get a job with a philosophy degree.  It’s short.  Read it here.  Now I’m going to go stick my head in the oven.  But, I’ll be reading Plato while I do it…

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2 Responses to Why philosophy? Why not!! (Tales of an unemployed philosopher)

  1. Angela says:

    I have a friend who has been submitting articles that he writes to McSweeney for a while now and still can’t get on there. They always write back “good idea, but….”. I read there all the time. I love Mcsweeney’s.

  2. Julia H. says:

    Thank You! You have echoed my thoughts and feelings on the same issue. I get the same question all the time. Philosophy majors also do better on LSATs, and are more likely to do better throughout law school as well. Ha!

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