At a time when advances in science and technology have changed our understanding of our mental and physical selves, it is easy for some to dismiss the discipline of philosophy as obsolete. Stephen Hawking, boldly, argues that philosophy is dead.
Not according to Rebecca Newberger Goldstein. Goldstein, a philosopher and novelist, studied philosophy at Barnard and then earned her Ph.D. in philosophy at Princeton University. She has written several books, won a MacArthur “Genius Award” in 1996, and taught at several universities, including Barnard, Columbia, Rutgers, and Brandeis.
Goldstein’s forthcoming book, Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won’t Go Away, offers insight into the significant—and often invisible—progress that philosophy has made. I spoke with Goldstein about her take on the science vs. philosophy debates, how we can measure philosophy’s advances, and why an understanding of philosophy is critical to our lives today.
What I learned about existentialism, Greek philosophy, history of philosophy, analytic philosophy, philosophy of religion, ethics, logic and a full senior-year seminar on one book -- where Martin Heidegger substituted "Time" for Sartre's "Nothingness" -- was invaluable for its own sake. And here's the bonus: philosophy turned out to be more relevant for my career than all the business and management books I forced myself to read -- combined. (TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE CLICK THIS LINK)
By Shannon Rupp, 27 Jun 2013, TheTyee.ca
I tell people the most useful classes I took were all in philosophy.
Yes, the course of study that has long been denigrated as frivolous and useless in the job market has been the part of my education that I lean on again and again. For work and everything else.
April 1, 2013, 10:58 am
In an interview with radio talk-show host Bill Bennett, Pat McCrory, North Carolina’s governor, criticized the “educated elite” for offering courses that supposedly don’t help graduates get jobs. He specifically attacked areas of study like philosophy and gender studies, both of which are strong programs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
As a matter of fact, the Chapel Hill doctoral program in philosophy is ranked ninth in the country according to the annual Leiter report on programs in the field, joining Harvard, Yale, New York, and Stanford Universities in the top 10. That particular piece of information didn’t come up in the interview, however. Speaking about these areas of study, McCrory stated, “If you want to take gender studies that’s fine, go to a private school and take it. But I don’t want to subsidize that if that’s not going to get someone a job.”
Now, I am not going to argue that there isn’t such a thing as an “academic elite.” However, if you have a problem with that, eliminating liberal-arts education in public universities is not the way to change things. McCrory says people should go to private colleges if they want a liberal-arts education. That assumes that only those who can afford private education should be allowed to study the liberal arts, an assumption that is nothing if not elite.
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