A Ku Indeed!

Philosophy Kicks Ass

Posted in Academia, philosophy by Chris on January 6, 2009

It is unavoidable that philosophy professors look out into a class and catch those students who sit there with their best impression of the gum-chomping “WTF is all of this s&*(t for, anyway?” pose. Well, sometimes they actually say it verbally too, or text it under the table to the student on the other side of the room. I always think of those students when studies come out that suggest that philosophy, as a job, actually rocks. Here’s the latest, from the Wall Street Journal, which ranks philosophy as the #12th best job in existence.

Word to your mother.

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  1. Million said, on January 7, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    I’d rant, rave, and brag about how Historian is #7, but Librarian is #43. OUCH! Then again, most of the jobs I’m applying for are a combination of #7, #43, and #23. Not bad for (at least momentarily) avoiding the dissertation bullet. In hax0r speak: LOL u g0t pwnd!

  2. Devil's Advocate said, on January 8, 2009 at 12:08 am

    Did you notice only a handful of the top jobs circumvented mathematics, while the bottom seem to altogether? I’m thinking about calculus II now…

  3. Chris said, on January 8, 2009 at 6:45 am

    At the very least, one needs to avoid the axe section in Walmart — not a good career option!

    How are things going, by the way?

  4. Devil's Advocate said, on January 10, 2009 at 2:05 am

    Me? I’m just a squirrel trying to get a nut. How about you?

  5. Chris said, on January 10, 2009 at 8:04 am

    Well, you know, it’s your world, I’m just living in it.

    You all ready to return to the house of learning? And by the way: are you following through on that plan to minor? Or did you change your mind?

  6. Devil's Advocate said, on January 11, 2009 at 3:08 am

    Come on, would a junzi really say he’s just living here?

    I don’t know if I’m ready to return to the house of learning. Between work and assorted engagements my break just seems to have begun.

    I would love the minor, but I’ll have to weather the synergy of November elections and a weak economy. I thought I once knew the definition of prudence, but I’ve been given a rude awakening.

  7. cantueso said, on December 11, 2009 at 3:47 am

    …..just when I started to think that by now in the US the philosophers appear only in jokes:

    “Philosophy can’t be all bad since it keeps some of these philosophers off the
    street and they do not have to panhandle for a living”.


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