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Greek Philosophy Outside of Academia? Rubio, the APA, and an Alternative Approach

Late last week, presidential candidate Marco Rubio (R-FL) made headlines in Inside Higher Ed for his repeated illustration of Greek philosophy as a major that leads to joblessness and debt. According to the sources cited in the IHE, Rubio's complaint is that students enter academic programs at the cost of incurring massive debt without the schools being held responsible for informing students of the difficulties of obtaining a job with the degree and paying down the debt. Because Rubio appealed Greek philosophy at least three times, the IHE sought the opinion of the American Philosophical Association. Amy Ferrer, the APA's executive director, responded that Rubio is misinformed: philosophers have skills that have market value such as critical thinking, problem solving skills, and communication skills; they have the highest wage increase from starting to mid-career; they have [...]

2015-08-26T01:06:03+00:00 August 26th, 2015|0 Comments

Transforming from Philosopher to Programmer: A Starter Guide

In The Natural Move from Philosophy to Programming and Moving from Philosophy to Programming: Additional Reasons, I argued that philosophers who are looking to leave academia might look to programming as a natural alternative. If you are a philosopher, the point was to convince you that there is a viable alternative that you will find intellectually satisfying and which you can be excellent at given your skill set. If you are an employer, you should have been able to see that potential job candidates with a philosophical background rather than, say, a computer science background, are nevertheless potentially beneficial to your company and can succeed as programmers. In this post, I am going to say how you can get started in learning how to be a programmer, and [...]

2015-08-24T07:36:53+00:00 August 24th, 2015|2 Comments

Moving from Philosophy to Programming: Additional Reasons

In  The Natural Move from Philosophy to Programming, I argued that the transition from philosophy to programming is natural – that is, not surprising – because both fields have conceptual overlap. I emphasized the overlap of metaphysical concepts in that particular post. In this post, I want to provide another argument for that conclusion by focusing on other features that both philosophers and programmers might share. The argument here is more controversial because it will depend on features that I regard as contributory toward being an excellent philosopher or programmer, and that is something about which we can disagree. The structure of the argument is like this: Philosophers who are successful, generally, have features F1, F2, …, and Fn. Programmers who are successful, generally, have features F1, F2, [...]

2015-08-24T05:41:02+00:00 August 24th, 2015|2 Comments

The Natural Transition from Philosophy to Programming

I want to convince you that the move from philosophy to programming is a natural one. By describing this move as natural, I mean only that if one were fully informed of the relevant facts, there would be nothing surprising about a philosopher considering programming as a viable career alternative. (If it helps, the move from philosophy to law is also a natural one.) The argument by which I aim to convince you is not original with me; it was an argument given to me from friends who made this transition before I did. What I will do is fill out the details a little further. Just a note about my terminology: I intend uses of ‘developer’, ‘programmer’, and ‘software engineer’ and the like to all designate the [...]

2015-08-24T03:59:30+00:00 August 22nd, 2015|3 Comments