Friday, February 1, 2013

Employed philosophers chafed by McCrory's contemptuous dismissal of Liberal Arts majors

Manchester Hall
UConn's Manchester Hall -- where I studied before I came to live,
support local businesses, work, and pay taxes in North Carolina. 
Simply put, the study of philosophy made me a better person. That it has actually helped me succeed professionally is just a bonus.
Does philosophy prepare people for the “real” world? As a matter of fact, I think it does. Does this mean everyone should major in Philosophy? Of course not. An intro course as part of a liberal arts education should be an option open not only to those who can afford private school, though. Not everyone who takes Philosophy 101 will fall in love with it like I did. Then again, not everyone who takes a biology course goes on to medical school, and not everyone who takes a required course on U.S. government goes on to law school. I’m quite sure I would have failed as a doctor or a lawyer, or at least have been very unhappy. But I’m a good philosopher. I know that’s important, even if Pat McCrory doesn’t.

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