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How a humanities degree will serve you in a disruptive economy

I don’t know why we call them “soft skills.”<p>They’re certainly not easy to learn, although they are as valuable and necessary as the skills doctors …

Humanities

Give philosophers a pay rise, they’re much more important than robots

Imagine modern tech companies had in fact been going for a hundred years. I like to think that as well as the data geeks and business gurus, they …

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It's Not Liberal Arts And Literature Majors Who Are Most Underemployed

Burning Glass and Strada Institute for the Future of Work (formerly USA Funds, one of the nation’s largest student loan guarantors), recently published The Permanent Detour – Underemployment’s Long-Term Effects on the Careers of College Grads.<p>The report found that a high percentage of college …

College & University

Philosophy

<b>What you’ll learn</b><br>Philosophy tackles questions and concepts that others tend to take for granted. What is the difference between a reason and a mere rationalisation? What does it actually mean to say that one event causes another? What does it mean to describe some ingredients as “natural”? What is …

Questioning Truth, Reality and the Role of Science

In an era when untestable ideas such as the multiverse hold sway, Michela Massimi defends science from those who think it hopelessly unmoored from …

Philosophy

Aristotle’s Wrongful Death

History is on the ebb. Philosophy is on the ropes. And comparative literature? Please. It’s an intellectual heirloom: cherished by those who can afford such baubles but disposable in the eyes of others.<p>I’m talking about college majors, and talk about college majors is loud and contentious these …

College & University

Ludwig Wittgenstein was one of the great 20th-century philosophers. He also invented the emoji

Eighty years ago, philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein had a brainwave. No, not when he claimed he’d solved all great philosophical questionsat just 29 years old (that was in <i>Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus</i>, completed in 1918 and published in 1921.) Nor was it when he realized the <i>Tractatus</i> was wrong, and …

Robert E. Rubin: Philosophy Prepared Me for a Career in Finance and Government

When I arrived at Harvard in 1956 as a freshman, I felt overwhelmed academically. Unlike many of my classmates who had gone to rigorous private schools, I graduated from a Florida public school that in those days rarely sent kids to elite colleges in the North. Even after four years of high school …

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Thanks, Robots! Now These Four Non-Tech Job Skills Are In Demand

The more we rely on AI and machine learning, the more work we need social scientists and humanities experts to do.<p>Automation isn’t a simple struggle between people and technology, with the two sides competing for jobs. The more we rely on robots, artificial intelligence (AI), and machine learning, …

On Coming Out as a Philosophy Major to Your Parents

Your idea is your debutante, so don’t start with Socrates or Aristotle. Too leaden. Be gentle. Mention casually that you’re taking a risk. You’re …

Tech: a dilemma for your car’s AI — who lives and who dies

Yes, your kid will do something with that philosophy degree after all

When American universities were founded in the Colonial days, they didn’t have majors. They were designed for a small slice of the population, namely statesmen, lawyers and clergy who studied a subject a day, from morning into the early evening. The prevailing teaching method was recitation and …

Humanities

Why Study Philosophy? 'To Challenge Your Own Point of View'

An interview with Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, author of Plato at the Googleplex<p>At a time when advances in science and technology have changed our understanding of our mental and physical selves, it is easy for some to dismiss the discipline of philosophy as obsolete. Stephen Hawking, boldly, …

Going on to Medical School, Law School, and other Graduate Schools | Department of Philosophy | University of Colorado Denver

Medical School and Philosophy: A Valuable Pre-Med Major<p>According to a recent edition of the Medical School Admission Requirements, published by the …

Why Some M.B.A.s Are Reading Plato

Schools Try Philosophy to Get B-School Students Thinking Beyond the Bottom Line<p>Most business-school students are gunning for jobs in banking, consulting or technology. So what are they doing reading Plato?<p>The philosophy department is invading the M.B.A. program—at least at a handful of schools …

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If you want to run the world, study a ‘useless’ subject

Recently the financier Bill Miller donated $75m to the study of philosophy at Johns Hopkins University. The size of the gift made headlines, but few …

Is there too much emphasis on STEM fields at universities?

The perception abounds around the world that science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM subjects, matter more economically and …

Enough of the 'STEM' obsession: We need more philosophers

One has to feel rather sorry for liberal arts college students these days. With tremendous societal advances in artificial intelligence, robotics, …

Be Employable, Study Philosophy

It must be summer. In anticipation of fall course schedules, several people have asked what I think someone who wants to be a journalist should study.<p>…

Philosophy of life sciences is 'constructive subversiveness'

Philosophical concepts are constantly appealed to in practice: the principle of ‘solidarity’, the ‘nudge’ theory, informed consent, LGBT debates …

Six Myths About Choosing a College Major

Many colleges ask you to choose a major as early as your senior year of high school, on your admissions application. Yet there’s a good chance you’ll change your mind. The Education Department says that about 30 percent of students switch majors at least once.<p>Students get plenty of advice about …

From Technologist to Philosopher

How does someone become a technologist?<p>In my case, it happened in college. I was an undergraduate at Columbia University, reading and discussing what …

Oxford University

Marco Rubio Finally Gets What Philosophers Are Good For

During the 2016 Republican presidential primaries, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio somewhat notoriously declared philosophers to be less useful than …

Philosophy Degree Gives Students Major Edge in Work-Force

As a Philosophy major, I have heard all the jokes. One of my personal favorites: “What’s the difference between a large pepperoni pizza and a …

Why Your Board Needs A Chief Philosophy Officer

We’ve got chief customer officers, chief ethics officers and chief happiness officers. Is the next must-have appointment to the board going to be the chief philosophy officer? Here, Professor Christian Voegtlin, associate professor in corporate social responsibility at Audencia Business School in …

Artificial Intelligence

Going Beyond the STEM Trend, Ireland Pushes Philosophy

While investor Bill Miller's recent $75 million university endowment for philosophy astonished Americans, Ireland has gone one step further: …

STEM may be the future—but liberal arts are timeless

Recently I was part of a dinner conversation attended by a range of leaders in the tech world, from people running incubators and accelerators to ad agencies and design studios. The guest list included representatives from Facebook, Grand Central Tech, BetaWorks, IDEO, and Ipsos.<p>But despite their …

Humanities

This $75 million gift might make higher ed question its obsession with science and tech

During his unsuccessful campaign for the Republican presidential nomination, Marco Rubio made the dubious (and grammatically unsound) assertion that …