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Date: 06/24/11 11:10 AM

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    eugenius Male 30-39
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    June 24, 2011 at 11:10 am
    Link: Here`s What Your Philosophy Degree Gets You - Pay attention, kiddos.
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    Digital_Babu Male 30-39
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    June 24, 2011 at 11:20 am
    So true... but luckily I live in a country with better social welfare... for now. XD
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    I-See-U Male 18-29
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    June 24, 2011 at 11:24 am
    you mean my own business!!
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    LazyMe484 Male 18-29
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    June 24, 2011 at 11:25 am
    Not many job openings for philosophers where I`m at.
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    juanorar Male 30-39
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    June 24, 2011 at 11:25 am
    Or you can be George Soros and be in the Forbes #35
    http://bit.ly/jM1cKx
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    LazyMe484 Male 18-29
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    June 24, 2011 at 11:29 am
    I think high schools should teach about demand for professional jobs.

    Sure, you are free to study whatever they want, but if kids were better informed, less of this will happen.

    What will become of this homeless philosopher? He got to study what he wanted but this is where he ended up. It would be nice to ask him if he would choose that same major if he could make that choice again.
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    GParadox Female 18-29
    737 posts
    June 24, 2011 at 11:58 am
    I`m sure Diogenes of Sinope would approve of his life style choices. For some people, that`s all they need.
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    tedgp Male 30-39
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    June 24, 2011 at 12:00 pm
    You meant Art history degree right? in the right cities, a philosophy degree can net you millions.
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    Boadicea Female 18-29
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    June 24, 2011 at 12:05 pm
    I`m a philosophy major because I have no professional motivation. I won`t end up on the street though because I know how to find a minimum wage job-- this guy`s problems go far beyond what his major in college was.
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    I-See-U Male 18-29
    354 posts
    June 24, 2011 at 12:07 pm
    @Lazyme484

    Yes, lets tell kids what they should be instead allowing them to make their own decisions.

    Exactly what the world needs more of: advertising, marketing, and lawyers.

    If this guy really is a philosopher he was probably smart enough to know exactly what he was doing and knows how to think for himself and not become cattle. He would probably do it all over again.
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    Tubby12370 Male 18-29
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    June 24, 2011 at 12:26 pm
    Iambored has been getting sloppy with the Titles/captions. Art degree is what should have been used instead of Philosophy.
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    primetimekin Male 18-29
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    June 24, 2011 at 12:34 pm
    I-See-U
    Male, 18-29, Southern US
    112 Posts Friday, June 24, 2011 12:07:55 PM
    @Lazyme484

    Yes, lets tell kids what they should be instead allowing them to make their own decisions.

    Exactly what the world needs more of: advertising, marketing, and lawyers.

    If this guy really is a philosopher he was probably smart enough to know exactly what he was doing and knows how to think for himself and not become cattle. He would probably do it all over again.
    +++++ +++++ ++++++ ++++

    There are actually too many lawyers and marketers.

    Let`s try:
    Engineers
    Accountants
    Nurses
    Doctors
    IT
    etc.

    And if he majored in philosophy, he probably isn`t that smart to begin with.

    Now I have to hear him argue about why Kant`s Categorical Imperative is a faulty method of ethical testing when all I really want is my McFlurry.
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    Heureux Male 40-49
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    June 24, 2011 at 12:36 pm
    "Art degree is what should have been used instead of Philosophy."

    No. Art degrees do not generally require any knowledge of Nietzsche - other than what he looked like, perhaps.
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    tobyvictory Male 70 & Over
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    June 24, 2011 at 12:40 pm
    @Tubby12370: Art degree? Please explain.
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    zwollf Female 18-29
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    June 24, 2011 at 1:21 pm
    yeah....silly tubby, if you paid attention in art, you wouldnt remember nietzsche EVER being mentioned.....lmao maybe in history but defiantly NOT in art :)
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    lukas1051 Male 18-29
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    June 24, 2011 at 1:22 pm
    I`ve always found people with philosophy degrees (or doing philosophy degrees) to be really snobbish and annoying. I think philosophy requires the mindset that you`ll never be wrong, it turns people into psuedo-intellectuals who think bombarding you with names and theories and principles makes them better than you. Someone I know was trying to convince me that philosophy is the most important thing in the world because without philosophy we wouldn`t have anything because it might not even exist. I mean it`s a nice idea, but let`s be realistic here, we exist and we all know it.

    I`ve never really understood what a philosophy degree will get you in life, it doesn`t offer any transferable skills or knowledge, just makes you stuck up. It`s either this, or this picture is just a guy trying to make some kind of statement, which to be honest, no-one really cares about.
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    rikakitty Female 18-29
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    June 24, 2011 at 1:25 pm
    I think maybe he meant liberal arts? Philosophy totally works, though.
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    megavidiot Male 30-39
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    June 24, 2011 at 1:46 pm
    Seattle bums are smarter than most I guess.
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    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
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    June 24, 2011 at 1:52 pm
    meh...
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    katie-marie Female 18-29
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    June 24, 2011 at 2:14 pm
    @zwolf - Well, that`s technically not true. Nietzsche was very much a fan of the arts - dancing, music, and art. I mean, it`s rather unlikely someone would hear about him in a general art class, but a more advanced and detailed one studying the 1800s could have.
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    goaliejerry Male 30-39
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    June 24, 2011 at 2:25 pm
    lukas1051 - I`m sorry, but you don`t understand philosophy at all. (Yes, this sounds like what you`re complaining about, but its just true). If anything, a proper philosophy education teaches you to be skeptical and doubt even your own beliefs. (Although, perhaps you`re right on some level - you can never PROVE me wrong with complete certainty).

    I know - philosophy virgins love to talk about how mind blowing it is to think about "existence" or the lack thereof.

    Philosophy taught me there probably is a god.

    WHAT DOES IT PROVIDE YOU? An excellent grasp of arguing vague concepts and manipulating language, for one. It`s as good or better than an English degree if you want to become a better writer.

    What did philosophy get me in life? Top of my law school class and $100,000 starting salary.

    I know this sounds "stuck up," but thems theres the facts.
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    goaliejerry Male 30-39
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    June 24, 2011 at 2:25 pm
    No one - NO ONE - should ever get a philosophy degree without knowing they will be going to grad school after. If you stop at a Bachelor`s degree, you never understood the purpose of a liberal arts education in the first place.

    IT`S NOT VOCATIONAL SCHOOL.
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    goaliejerry Male 30-39
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    June 24, 2011 at 2:27 pm
    Philosophy teaches logic and reason - broadly applicable skills for anyone. It is not an end in itself, but a means to a more enriching life.

    Kant is the poo.
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    Sachi001 Male 30-39
    599 posts
    June 24, 2011 at 2:51 pm
    @lukas1051
    Really now are you just generalizing? I found all types with varying ranges of degrees to sometimes be snobbish. That is until some actually have to get a job and apply their education. Toward which they usually get humbled by their peers real fast.

    I also found that some in life who do not have any higher education to be very snobbish while exuberant in their ignorance.
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    xiquiripat Male 18-29
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    June 24, 2011 at 2:57 pm
    "Philosophy teaches logic and reason"

    It used to until the postmodernists got a hold of it. Now it teaches woolly thinking and patent nonsense. But I agree with you about value of philosophy, rigorously applied. It just makes you a better person as long as you don`t overdo it and have practical skills to fall back on. Philosophize in moderation as Aristotle would say.

    On a side note it looks like Zarathustra here is having a little trouble. Or maybe he`s a modern Diogenes, except instead of a barrel he`s got a cardboard box.
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    MrBored123 Male 18-29
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    June 24, 2011 at 3:13 pm
    I think that most university degrees, with some exceptions, do not directly lead to a job. Even some that are connected directly to some jobs, like engineering, accounting, IT don`t mean you always get a job. You also need talent in your field. I`m studying engineering and there are a lot of people that study engineering during undergrad without having a good grasp of math. They often end up not finishing their degree and thus have wasted a lot of money in tuition fees without having a result. On the other hand I`ve seen people with a philosophy degree earn a decent wage. I am sure that a lot of those that fail at math, engineering, IT etc. might have talents elsewhere. And if you put these talents to work you might get a good job, probably a better one than if you study something you are either not interested in or where you lack that talent.
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    tommy2X4 Male 50-59
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    June 24, 2011 at 3:42 pm
    "That which doesn`t kill me will only make me stronger."
    O.K. I`ll shoot you in the leg and see how strong that makes you feel.
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    Jasonbobdude Male 18-29
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    June 24, 2011 at 4:00 pm
    Philosophy as a major really can only lead to a job in teaching, if anything - which just makes it all go in a circle.

    A certain amount of it is good to have, since it exercises your ability to reason, but I`d never consider majoring in it.
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    Lionhart2 Male 40-49
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    June 24, 2011 at 5:57 pm
    But you can`t play Nietzsche Trivia for a dollar, because `I think therefore I am` implies that before you thought, you weren`t; and since nothing can come from nothing, it follows that you cannot have STARTED thinking since you didn`t exist to think in the first place. Thus, you cannot exist now, nor think, therefore you cannot play Trivia games. So pppppppppptttt to you.
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    penguinazul Female 18-29
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    June 24, 2011 at 7:17 pm
    I`m not an Engineer/Accounting/IT/ cause I`m not GOOD at it. Why on earth would I waste my college education doing something I`m awful at? I`m going to struggle my way through and get poo grades while trying my best.

    I`m an English major because I`m good at writing. I`m good with words, and I`m good at arguing. It`s where my talents lie. Grad school is always a possibility, but to be honest, I`m not looking to get rich -- I`m looking to live.
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    Simbosan Male 40-49
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    June 24, 2011 at 7:17 pm
    Wtf does Nietzsche have to do with Descartes? Anyway, speakin as an honours graduate philosopher raking it in as a contract programmer, I am doin very well out of it. It teaches you to think more clearly and methodically, that`s why 60% of philosophy graduates from my college are successful coders/analysts. Only teach? pah, rubbish
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    yoda141 Male 18-29
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    June 24, 2011 at 7:29 pm
    I`m an engineering major, also pursuing another major in physics (damn socialism, i don`t have to worry about tuition). had a little epistemology. Loved it. Philosophy may have lost a lot of its original fields of inquiry since the scientific revolution, but the bulk of it is really interesting.
    The only majors i despise are sociology and communication, because they think they are hot poo and look down to me as a grease monkey, when in fact im hopefully becoming part of the world`s intellectual elite.
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    randomxnp Male 30-39
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    June 24, 2011 at 10:14 pm
    Philosophy is one of the best subjects to study. I more people did then more people could think clearly, and there would be fewer socialists in the world!
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    tatripp Male 18-29
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    June 24, 2011 at 10:23 pm
    I`m an english literature major because i thought it was easier but i hate it because all my teachers think all the meaning in all our novels is relative to the person. I also have had to read like 10 or more novels (mostly stupid ones) in an 11 week period two times.
    I wish i would have studied philosophy and logic because at least i would have learned something instead of simply discussing garbage. My bro has a masters in philosophy and our discussions are way better than any discussion i have had in any of my english classes. I took one philosophy 101 filled with idiots at a junior college and it was still the best class i have ever taken. Philosophy also encompasses all subjects.
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    whyme73 Male 18-29
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    June 25, 2011 at 1:43 am
    philosophy is a roody poo.
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    sulu Male 18-29
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    June 25, 2011 at 2:06 am
    That`s amazing I would take up that offer in a heartbeat
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    Jammey Male 18-29
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    June 25, 2011 at 2:19 am
    Do Philosophy for the interest of it, but have it as a joint honours with something (in my case Economics) so you have some practical application mixed with some fun
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    Frankii Female 18-29
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    June 25, 2011 at 4:37 am
    @tatripp I`m also an English student and I`m sure that each text has a different meaning to each person. Yes there are some things that can`t be interpreted differently but a lot of what`s said can be.

    "The test of a first rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function."- F. Scott Fitzgerald
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    xCYBERDYNEx Male 18-29
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    June 26, 2011 at 6:37 am
    Yeah i`d take him up on that
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    meepmaker Male 30-39
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    June 28, 2011 at 1:27 pm
    Only a dollar ?

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