why would you get a philosophy degree?

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June 24, 2019 / By Willow
Question: It seems useless, unless you are going into priesthood. Why do you think philosophy can make one a better person, in terms of critical thinking? What benefits does your critical thinking skills give the rest of society. Seems like a very self centered profession. "Philosophy is the buisness of kicking up dirt and then complaining you can not see". It seems philosophers, or people who pretend to be philosophers, prove the point that they want to make by contradicting themselves.
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Sharmaine Sharmaine | 9 days ago
You could add into that academic philosophy, law school, etc. But I think the problem is you're thinking in strictly economic terms which is part of the problem with education. We "educate" people so they can do some job instead of educate people to make them better people. I think studying philosophy can make one a better person, enriching their intellect, improving critical thinking skills, refining values, etc. These things all have a value far greater than any economic value. ==== edited to address the second part of your question. Critical thinking skills produced much of the science that has, depending how you view it, improved society in many ways. Critical thinking (and arguably the philosophical reevaluation of epistemology that began with Descartes, Bacon, Galileo, etc) began a revolution of exploring our world via different methods. It's improved medicine, our understanding of health, etc (although it has also improved our methods for killing one another so I guess it's not all good.) Critical thinking is used in social and political philosophy for coming up with better ways to organize ourselves, economically and politically (the US constitution is largely a product of the philosopher John Locke's Second Treatise on Civil Government.) I think critical thinking has economic value as well but I would contend its other values are far greater than its economic value. ==== edited I tried searching for the quote but couldn't come up with anything. (It sounds like a Wittgenstein quote and I was attempting to confirm that without rereading Wittgenstein which is something I try not to do too often.) I think that characterization is accurate in some places but certainly not in others. There are aspects in which philosophers present a problem for themselves and wonder why they can't get anywhere but this is how science proceeds. Presenting problems of that sort actually do help us get somewhere (at the very least we can realize that this path leads to "no where" and try something else.) Part of my issue, however, with quotes like you have there is that they're clever but way too broad to be meaningful. We're talking about a tradition that is at least 2500 years old if not older which has had many thinkers of a variety of sorts many of whom disagree with each other and we're characterizing the entire thing but a silly metaphor. *shrug* (If it is actually Wittgenstein, he had a habit of doing so and he wasn't in any position to do so. While an interesting thinker in his own right, he didn't have the background and study of the tradition of philosophy. He only read a few philosophers and although there was some depth in his understanding there was lacking in breadth. That's why he often mischaracterized the way philosophy is done, even if there were aspects of his thought that were enlightening. Although I think some of Mr. Wittgenstein's more interesting thoughts had already been said in some form or other by Nietzsche who did actually bother to read more than a select few philosophers.) As to your last statement about philosophers proving a point by contradicting themselves I'm not sure what you mean here. Perhaps you can provide an example. I'm guessing you don't mean proof by contradiction (which is the only sensible thing I can think of fitting in there but I don't thinks that's what you're saying.)
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Sharmaine Originally Answered: What are my options job wise with a social science degree or Legal Studies degree?
first of all, any bachelor's degree can open doors in even in unrelated fields, so that addresses the general opportunities. as for the other degrees, it really varies by state (assuming you are in the u.s.)... in north carolina, psychology affords you the opportunity to work in the fields of mental health as a case manager or other similar positions... you really need a doctorate to take full advantage of a psych degree. sociology lends to research and teaching as well as some human service positions. criminal justice can position you to work with law firms and/or district attorneys, law enforcement and corrections positions or other government (local/state/federal) positions, especially if you are pursuing law school. the best way to find out specifics in your area is to contact the school you are attending and find out what positions they are posting for each of the degrees/departments you are considering.

Paget Paget
People generally get philosophy degrees because a) they are passionate about the material and b) they want to teach. You're right, there isn't much to do with the degree unless you get a PhD, and even then teaching is pretty much your only option. But hey, if you like to teach and you like philosophy, it doesn't seem like a bad idea.
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Mandi Mandi
Honestly, for no good reason unless you want to continue pursuing the study of philosophy towards becoming a university professor.
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Kimbra Kimbra
you are asking what the point is in doing something? What is the point in anything? Does anything have a point? Does everything have a point? And if everything has a point, is that not the same as everything having no point at all?
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Kimbra Originally Answered: Do I need a degree in Early childhood or a degree at all to open a daycare in NJ.?
I teach preschool in NJ, and have taught or subbed at 6 different daycare centers over the last 11 years. I am still friends with the owner of my son's daycare. Laws are changing in NJ, and while you do not need a degree to OWN a daycare, you do need a degree to RUN it, either as a director or head teacher. Years ago, you could be a director/owner and your head teacher would be certified. But now even directors must have a 4 year degree, although they do not have to be certified teachers, as head teachers do. The owner of my son's daycare has owned and run her own business for 17 years, and had to start taking classes to get her degree a couple of years ago. This link has a list of all the regs you need to meet in order to open a daycare, including how to fill out an application. http://www.state.nj.us/dcf/divisions/lic... Edit: I checked the manual, the pertinent info is below, copied from pages 27-28 of the link I gave you (if your school is licensed for under 30 kids, the qualifications are not as stringent): (b) The director shall meet the following qualification requirements: EC 1. For early childhood programs licensed to serve more than 30 children, the director shall meet the qualification requirements specified in one of the options set forth in the chart below for education and experience: OPTIONS FOR MEETING THE DIRECTOR QUALIFICATIONS Option Educational and Experience Credentials Requirements A Master's Degree in any field (N/A) related to children or business B Bachelor's Degree One year of managerial or supervisory experience 2. For early childhood programs licensed to serve 30 or fewer children, the director shall meet the group teacher qualification requirements, as specified in (c)3 below. SA 3. For school-age child care programs, the director shall meet the program supervisor qualification requirements, as specified in (d) below. GEN 4. A director hired before March 21, 2005 who does not meet the qualification requirements specified in 1 through 3 above shall complete one of the following options by March 21, 2008: i. The Directors Academy offered by the New Jersey Professional Development Center for Early Care and Education; ii. The National Administrator Credential offered by the National Child Care Association; or iii. At least 45 clock hours of staff development that includes all of the following subject areas: (1) Planning and evaluation; (2) Staff management and professional development; (3) Educational programming and program development; (4) Fiscal management; (5) Legal issues; (6) Facilities management; (7) Family support and community resources; (8) Marketing and public relations; and (9) Leadership and advocacy. 10:122-4.6 Staff qualifications 28 EC (c) For early childhood programs, the following shall apply: 1. For all centers, the head teacher or consulting head teacher shall meet the qualification requirements specified in one of the six options set forth in the chart below for education and experience: OPTIONS FOR MEETING THE HEAD TEACHER QUALIFICATIONS Option Educational and College credits and Credentials Experience A Master's Degree in Education Six credits and one year of experience B Master's Degree in any field Nine credits and one year other than Education of experience C Bachelor's Degree in Education, Six credits and two years Psychology, Health Care, Nursing, of experience or any other field related to Child Growth and Development; or Teaching Certification from Department of Education in Elementary Education, Nursery School, Preschool through Third Grade (P-3) or Teacher of the Handicapped D Bachelor's Degree in any field other than those listed in Option C Nine credits and three years of experience OR Six credits and four years of experience E Teaching Certification from Nine credits and three years Department of Education in a field of experience other than those listed in Option C OR Six credits and four years of experience F Montessori education equivalent to a Bachelor’s Degree Two years of experience G Head Teacher endorsement from the New Jersey Registry for Childhood Professionals, New Jersey Professional Development Center for Early Care and Education
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