Tuesday, June 2, 2015

The Value of Philosophy

"Philosophy departments face many challenges.  Philosophy is perceived by some as “less practical” and so less choiceworthy a course of study.  Most entering students have not taken philosophy courses and do not come to college thinking about studying philosophy. Philosophy is unfamiliar, its critical element can scare away some students, and it has a reputation among undergraduates as being hard. The result of this appears to be lower enrollments, and an increased threat to the survival of philosophy departments from budget-conscious administrators and legislators."

For a different view, you can visit the Daily Nous pages.  There, you'll get a balanced perspective.  We all know that studying philosophy is valuable not only for its own sake, but for the skills that one develops when doing it, for the attitudes it encourages, and many other reason.

Click here to visit the Daily Nous Value of Philosophy Pages.  The purpose of VPP is to provide a centralized, highly visible, and up-to-date resource for those seeking information about the benefits of studying philosophy and those seeking to disseminate such information. It is intended for a wide range of users, including: students making choices about their studies, departments trying to attract students and majors, faculty and administrators looking for arguments and data with which to defend philosophy’s place in the college curriculum, teachers seeking to learn about the value of philosophy outreach programs, and so on.

The purpose of VPP is to be an easy-to-find resource for those who may be interested in creating and maintaining such sites, and for people the world over to share new relevant material.

Some of the information on VPP is data regarding test scores and salaries. There is also room on VPP for essays and passages that discuss the intrinsic, or at least less directly pragmatic, value of studying philosophy.

Click here for more information!

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