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Valuing Philosophy Education

  • Education Policy Needs Philosophy

    Philosophers Harry Brighouse and Anthony Laden launch the Center for Ethics and Education with the aim of bringing philosophical thinking into educational policy and practice. The Center has received a start-up grant of $3.5 million from the Spencer Foundation.

  • Why We Must Teach Philosophy in High School

    Philosopher Simon Blackburn argues that there should be a specific Philosophy GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education) in the UK. "The world needs reason as much or more than it has ever done. People need values, and they need to know how to defend them, not with bombs and guns but with discussion and reason. The issue ought not to be just whether there is a philosophy GCSE, but whether it ought to be compulsory that philosophy is woven into the education of every child."

  • Who Studies Philosophy?

    Studying philosophy is valuable no matter what career path one pursues, from academia to business to entertainment to politics. The APA offers us a list of a few examples of people in a wide variety of fields who have studied philosophy.

  • Free the Philosophical Beast

    "The subject that changed my life, and so many others, has been pacing for too long in its cage." Self-described philosophy journalist Steve Neumann explains why we need more of that outside the walls of the academy.

  • Philosophy: Reloaded

    Historian of philosophy, Peter Adamson, who heads the well-regarded podcast A History of Philosophy Without Gaps, talks about the impact new media is having on philosophy and the public.

  • A Philosophy Degree Earns More Than A Degree in Accounting

    We talk a lot about the need for good jobs, … you don't necessarily need to major in software development or computer science to go far in this world. You can make a good living with a philosophy degree.

  • Philosophy Beyond Academia

    A conversation with philosopher José Zalabardo on philosophy and its social role beyond the university.

  • Why We Need Philosophers in Public Life

    Recent encounters we've had with issues of race, identity and moral responsibility are precisely the kind that benefit from the careful analysis of contemporary philosophers.

  • Philosophy Boosts Math, Literacy and Writing Skills

    "More than 3,000 nine and 10-year-olds in 48 UK schools took part in hour-long sessions aimed at raising their ability to question, reason and form arguments. A study for the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) found pupils' ability in reading and maths scores improved by an average of two months over a year. For disadvantaged children, the study found writing skills were also boosted."

  • Why Study Philosophy?

    Trick question! You should know the answer to this one. But here are some further reasons you might not have thought or known about.

  • A Liberal Arts Degree is Tech’s Hottest Ticket

    Stop thinking of Silicon Valley as an engineer's paradise. There's far more work for liberal arts majors -- who know how to sell and humanize. Take the example of Slack Technologies which has become a recent wonder child of tech startups at the hands of philosophy graduate, Stewart Butterfield.

  • Philosophy Majors Top All Humanities in Earnings Power

    There is one humanities major whose graduates are doing quite well in the job market—and it's philosophy majors. In a recent study of 1.4 million college graduates, a philosophy bachelors degree ranked higher than all other majors in the humanities in earnings power — from early career all the way to later career.

  • The Case for Philosophy in High School

    What should be surprising is not that a case must be made for philosophy in America's high schools, but that philosophy hasn't already become an integral part of our schools long ago. What is our problem?!

  • Philosophy Across the Disciplines

    The American Academy of Arts and Sciences' recent study of dissertations in humanities disciplines suggests that philosophy is more deeply engaged with science and social science than are other areas of the humanities.

  • How Philosophy Can Save Your Life

    A philosopher is the selected recipient of the 2015 Hiett Prize in the Humanities ($50,000).