Non-Academic Philosophers in The Atlantic


The Atlantic has a short piece on Helen De Cruz’s interviews with non-academic philosophers, which were posted at NewApps in three parts (1, 2, 3). The article ends with a telling quote from Carl Baker, who is now a statistical researcher at the House of Commons Library:

If I had to highlight one weakness in my postgraduate training it would be the lack of discussion of how the skills developed during a philosophy Ph.D. can be used elsewhere.

We’ve taken up similar issues before, and one can get a sense of how the skills philosophers develop can be put to use elsewhere in the economy from seeing what kinds of non-academic jobs philosophers have gotten recently. Other suggestions about how to address Baker’s concern are welcome.

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