On World Philosophy Day: What Else Would You Be Doing?


Happy World Philosophy Day, philosofriends. World Philosophy Day was created by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to celebrate philosophy and promote the idea that “philosophy is a discipline that encourages critical and independent thought and is capable of working towards a better understanding of the world and promoting tolerance and peace.”

I would imagine that a lot of philosophers consider themselves lucky to be doing philosophy and are not interested in switching careers. And incoming graduate students are sometimes told, “don’t go into philosophy unless you can’t imagine doing something else with your life.” Still, most philosophers probably have thought about what else they’d be doing if they weren’t philosophers. What is that “what else”?

Let’s find out. If you hadn’t gone into philosophy, what other kind of career would you have attempted?


J. Henry Fair, "Coastal Wetlands"

J. Henry Fair, “Coastal Wetlands”

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