Philosophy is useless, right? WRONG.

A lot of people seem to think that studying philosophy is a waste of time. They admit that Philosophy might be fun, but they don’t think that it develops any useful skills. They’re wrong on both counts.

The study of Philosophy can develop valuable skills, and many employers are very clear that they want to hire people who have just those skills.

The links below (with brief comments) are to documents that defend the claims just made:

  1. Studying Philosophy does develop useful skills, and
  2. Employers want those skills.

More links will be added to this list from time to time, including links to articles on this blog.

More things in heaven and earth, Horatio

This is an article in the Times Higher Education Supplement, from 1 January of 2009, written by Hannah Fearn. From this article:

“…anyone who has been trained in academic philosophy will know the astonishing discipline of mind that it requires and cultivates.”

“Philosophy teaches the student how to analyse and communicate ideas in a clear, rational and well-thought-out way.”

Employers and Public Favor Graduates Who Can Communicate, Survey Finds

This is an article in The Chronicle of Higher Education, from September 18 of 2013, written by Dan Berrett.

Is Philosophy the Most Practical Major?

This article is from The Atlantic, 16 October 2011, and is written by Edward Tenner.

Another resource in The Atlantic, this time from 1 June 2006, is an article by Matthew Stewart called The Management Myth. From this article:

“If you want to succeed in business, don’t get an M.B.A. Study philosophy instead”.

I think, therefore I earn

This is an article in The Guardian, from 20 November 2007, written by Jessica Shepherd. From this article:

“Figures from the Higher Education Statistics Agency show philosophy graduates, once derided as unemployable layabouts, are in growing demand from employers.”

Be employable, study philosophy

This is an article from Salon, from 1 July 2013, written by Shannon Rupp. From this article:

“The discipline [Philosophy] teaches you how to think clearly, a gift that can be applied to just about any line of work.”

Philosophy Comes Down from the Clouds

This is a fairly old (more than 20 years!) article in The Economist, from April 1986. The link takes you to an archive of copies of the original printed pages.

Philosophy is back in business

This article appeared in Bloomberg Business Week, on 12 January 2010.

How to Get a Job With a Philosophy Degree

This is an article in the New York Times magazine, from September 13 of 2013, written by Susan Dominus. [Mobile version.]

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