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“Philosophy? What are you going to do with that?”

on March 12, 2014

Thoughts Of A Dying Atheist

Contrary to popular belief there are many job opportunities for those of us with philosophy degrees, but that’s really beside the point. What irks me most when I hear this question is the face of ignorance from which it pours forth, which shows so little  understanding of the history of our culture and so little care for its future. That ignorance spreads like a pestilence (I really just wanted to use that word) and infects so many, causing the majority of the populace to idolise practical pursuits and willingly abandon the theoretical arts and sciences. This is obvious when one considers this government’s focus on the ‘applied sciences’ and how little funding it allocates to those university departments that specialise in theory (I live in Canada by the way).

The history of our culture owes its very existence to the theoretical sciences. The leisure time afforded to the rich and powerful of…

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