I studied philosophy in college. And if my degree isn’t the punchline to a joke about useless college majors, it’s almost certainly a part of the set up. For years, I’ve had to field questions about what I could possibly do with that, aside from having plenty to think about while mixing a latté. Even Marco Rubio took some of his speaking time in a 2015 presidential debate to proclaim that what we need in this country is “more welders and less philosophers.” For many of us in the humanities, it can feel like an uphill battle to convince the world of the value of our degree, with skeptics everywhere questioning the practical value of an English, history, or religion major.
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