Why Study Philosophy?
The study of philosophy involves the critical discussion of the most fundamental questions asked by human beings. Thanks to this concentration on critical discussion, the study of philosophy helps develop breadth of understanding and clarity of thought. This character of philosophical inquiry makes a double major attractive to many students. Moreover, with appropriate supporting courses, a philosophy major can be a sound preparation for many careers, whether or not they involve further study. For an illustration of this, see the following reports and information on the uses of a philosophy major for your later professional life:
- Schumpeter: "Philosopher Kings: Business leaders would benefit from studying great writers"
- UC Berkeley journal finds: Philosophy's popularity soaring! (2014)
- LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman, philosopher, billionaire
- Huffington Post on How philosophy majors are changing the business world
- 9 Business Execs who studied Philosophy
- "How to Be A Philosopher: Ian Ravenscroft Philosophizes about Philosophizing."
- "Philosophy majors outperform all other majors for the GRE"
- "Best education for Business Management? The Philosophy Major"
- "Be employable, Study Philosophy."
- "Wall Street Journal on the comparative earning potential of a Philosophy Major"
- "I think, therefore I earn."
- NU Philosophy information leaflet with reasons for double-majoring in Philosophy
- "Study of Philosophy Makes Gain Despite Economy"
- "Philosophy is Back in Business"
- "Multicultural Critical Theory. At Business School?"
- "What Can I Do With a Philosophy Degree?"
- Philosophy students' high mathematical and verbal competence revealed in a recent national study.
- Chicago Tribune weighs in on why to study philosophy.
The Department welcomes visiting pre-doctoral fellow, Breno Guimaraes Santos.
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