5 Reasons Why Philosophy Majors Make the Best Entrepreneurs

  Nick Miller, co-founder and CEO of the restaurant-software company Gather, attributes his success to his education in philosophy. He points out that the same qualities that make a philosopher successful are essential to entrepreneurship. He lists the top five as follows: They love debate. They are comfortable with the uncomfortable. They see the big picture … More 5 Reasons Why Philosophy Majors Make the Best Entrepreneurs

The lifetime earning power of a philosophy degree, compared with all the others.

The folks at Payscale.com have conducted a pretty impressive study comparing the earning power of virtually every major. Philosophy doesn’t stack up to the top paid major, petroleum engineering, but no one really thought it did. (Although, it is worth reading our earlier post showing that the rate of return on a philosophy major is the same as an … More The lifetime earning power of a philosophy degree, compared with all the others.

A case for majoring in philosophy, from Forbes.

Philosophy majors can do just about anything. So, it is not surprising that Travis Chamberlain, started out in the military, then made his way to the one of the most prestigious universities in the world: The London School of Economics. In a recent article on Forbes.com, he outlines one of the central arguments for a philosophy degree. He writes: “The surprisingly robust … More A case for majoring in philosophy, from Forbes.

In 2015, only 5% of Philosophy Majors were unemployed, six months after graduation.

Despite the anti-philosophy rhetoric, philosophy majors do very well in the job market. A recent study by The Federal Reserve Bank of New York shows that in 2015, only five percent of philosophy majors were unemployed, six months after graduation — a percentage that has been decreasing for years. … More In 2015, only 5% of Philosophy Majors were unemployed, six months after graduation.

Phil Jackson – Championship Winning Basketball Coach

B.A. in philosophy from the University of North Dakota (1967) 13 time NBA Champion and Current President of Basketball Operations for the New York Knicks In Phil Jackson’s book 11 Rings: The Soul of Success, he articulates how his interest in Eastern philosophy was influential in shaping his approach to coaching. While many coaches focused on … More Phil Jackson – Championship Winning Basketball Coach

CUBAN: Don’t go to school for finance — liberal arts is the future

In a recent interview billionaire investor Mark Cuban noted that liberal arts degrees, like philosophy, are better suited for the future job market. Cuban believes the skills developed in the liberal arts can provide a unique perspective for businesses. This may seem contrarian in a world dominated by technology and STEM, however Cuban explains his … More CUBAN: Don’t go to school for finance — liberal arts is the future

A Harvard Medical School professor makes the case for the liberal arts and philosophy

It is often said that there is little connection between the liberal arts and STEM field. This is not the case. Dr. David Silbersweig, Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Co-Director of the Institute for the Neurosciences at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Stanley Cobb Professor of psychiatry and Academic Dean (Partners HealthCare) at Harvard … More A Harvard Medical School professor makes the case for the liberal arts and philosophy

Teaching kids philosophy makes them smarter in Math and English

Nationally, the liberal arts and STEM fields are viewed as opposing and non-complimentary. However, a recent study conducted in England shows that students with philosophical backgrounds have increased reading and math scores. More than 3,000 kids in 48 schools across England participated in weekly discussions about concepts such as truth, justice, friendship, and knowledge, with time … More Teaching kids philosophy makes them smarter in Math and English

The myth of the unemployed Humanities Major

Humanities majors are often caricatured. Sometimes it is said that liberal arts students go to college to ultimately end up asking “Do you want fries with that?” Other times people make jokes asking “Why do so many homeless people know about Nietzsche?” A myth exists that humanities majors are unemployed and unsuccessful. This could not be farther … More The myth of the unemployed Humanities Major

Salaries of Philosophy Majors Over Time

A philosophy degree is not quite what it seems. In fact, it is much more. A recent report by PayScale noted that of all the humanities bachelors degrees, philosophy is the best. Individuals with degrees in philosophy have higher lifetime earnings, and are also tremendous contributors in the workplace. “We hear again and again that employers value … More Salaries of Philosophy Majors Over Time

Peter Thiel

B.A. in philosophy from Stanford University (1989) Co-Founder of PayPal, President of Clarium Capital, Board member of Facebook, Chairman of Plantir, and Chair of Mithril Capital Peter Thiel’s philosophical background has contributed greatly to his success as an investor and businessman. At Stanford, he was introduced to the philosophy of René Girard. Girard’s “mimetic theory,” … More Peter Thiel

Philosophers make much more than welders

In the fourth Republican Debate of the 2016 election, candidate Marco Rubio made the comment that “Welders make more than philosophers,” suggesting that students should pursue trade occupations rather than the arts and humanities. The Washington Post investigated Rubio’s claim and what they found was that welders not only make less money than philosophers, but they … More Philosophers make much more than welders

Susan Sontag

University of Chicago (1951) Award winning essayist, filmmaker, teacher and political activist. Her well-known works include On Photography, Styles of Radical Will, Illness as Metaphor, Regarding the Pain of Others, and Against Interpretation.

Philosophers Don’t Get Much Respect, But Their Earnings Don’t Suck

538 is the nations most respected site for sports, politics, and economic statistical analysis. The took issue presidential candidate’s Marco Rubio’s comment that “welders make more than philosophers, we need more welders and less philosophers.” So they analyzed the statistics. … More Philosophers Don’t Get Much Respect, But Their Earnings Don’t Suck

Philosophy degree holders Peter Thiel (PayPal Founder), Reid Hoffman (LinkedIn Founder), Paul Graham (inventor of the Y Accelerator) are “the philosopher kings of Silicon Valley.”

Philosophy degrees have been incredibly useful in silicon valley leading to both riches and ideas that have changed the world. … More Philosophy degree holders Peter Thiel (PayPal Founder), Reid Hoffman (LinkedIn Founder), Paul Graham (inventor of the Y Accelerator) are “the philosopher kings of Silicon Valley.”