Why
Study
Philosophy?

        Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)*


 

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The Value Of Philosophy

The following websites provide a variety of interesting information about the value of an undergraduate degree in philosophy.

"Learn Philosophy" - one of US News and World Report's 50 Ways to Improve Your Life in 2009!

Why More People Are Majoring in Philosophy - from the New York Times, 2008.

I Think, Therefore I Earn - from The Guardian, 2007.

Philosophers Find The Degree Pays Off In Life And Work
An article from the New York Times, December 26, 1997.

How Does Philosophy Relate To My Career?
Quotes business professionals on the advantages of having a background in philosophy in the business world.

Philosophy Is A Quintesenntially Modern Discipline
An article from the London Times, August 15, 1998, on the value of philosophy.

What Can You Do With A Philosophy Degree?
A detailed discussion of the professional skills philosophy provides and their value.

Why Study Philosophy? A Statement by Jordan Kotick, Vice-President, J. P. Morgan, Wall Street
One person's story of how an MA in philosophy paid off.

What Philosophy Ph.D.s are doing - statistics provided by the American Philosophical Association about what sorts of jobs at which philosophy Ph.D.s have been successful.

Some Famous Philosophy Majors 

Some More Famous Philosophy Majors - a blog posting by Paul Raymont. 
 

Philosophy and the GRE, LSAT and GMAT Exams

The GRE (Graduate Record Exam), LSAT (Law School Admission Test) and GMAT (Graduate Management Aptitude Test) are tests designed to test your aptitude for graduate school, much the same way the SAT and ACT are designed to test your aptitude for an bachelor's degree. Philosophy majors tend to score among the very best of all majors on the GRE, LSAT and GMAT exams. The following sites offer some relevant statistics:

Philosophy Rocks the Graduate Record Exam

Guide to the Use of GRE Scores - includes comparisons of philosophy majors with others (loads in pdf)
 

 

Philosophy and a Career in Law
Many Philosophy majors go on to law school. The following statements provided by the American Bar Association give some indication of the value of philosophical training for pursuing a career in a law-related prfoession.

"In assessing a prospective law student's educational qualifications, admissions committees generally consider the chosen curriculum, the grades earned, and the reputation of the colleges attended. They also view favorably scholastic honors, awards, and special recognition. Solid grades in courses such as logic, philosophy, and abstract mathematics are generally considered a plus. [...] [L]aw schools will respect your pursuit of subjects you find challenging. This is especially true if the courses you take are known to be more difficult, such as philosophy, engineering, and science. Also, look for courses that will strengthen the skills you need in law school. Classes that stress research and writing are excellent preparation for law school, as are courses that teach reasoning and analytical skills." - from "Education," from the The Council on Legal Education and Opportunity,  American Bar Association. (complete article available at: http://www.abanet.org/cleo/edu.html)

"Preparation for legal education should include substantial experience at close
reading and critical analysis of complex textural material, for much of what law students and attorneys do involves careful reading and sophisticated comprehension of judicial opinions, statutes, documents, and other written materials. As with the other skills discussed in this Statement, the requisite critical reading abilities may be acquired in a wide range of experiences, including the close reading of complex material in literature, political or economic theory, philosophy or history. The particular nature of the materials
examined is not crucial; what is important is that law school not be the first time that a student has been rigorously engaged in the enterprise of carefully reading and understanding, and critically analyzing, complex written material of substantial length. Potential law students should also be aware that the study and practice of law require the ability to read and assimilate large amounts of material, often in a short period of time." - from "Preparation for Legal Education" Prepared by The Pre-Law Committee of  The ABA Section of Legal Education and Admission to the Bar, June 1996 (complete article available at: http://www.advising.ufl.edu/ohlpa/append.html).


Kinds Of Philosophy Major

The Philosophy Major - published by the American Philosophical Association, this brief pamphlet tells you about what philosophy is, different kinds of degree programs, and the value of philosophy.


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