Rubio Warms Up To Philosophy

In November of 2015, Florida Senator and then presidential candidate Marco Rubio had some critical remarks for higher education in the United States, calling it outdated and saying, “I don’t know why we have stigmatized vocational education. Welders make more money than philosophers. We need more welders and less philosophers.”

In the intervening years, Rubio appears to have warmed up to philosophy. Just a few hours ago, he tweeted: “I made fun of philosophy 3 years ago but then I was challenged to study it, so I started reading the stoics. I’ve changed my view on philosophy. But not on welders. We need both! Vocational training for workers & philosophers to make sense of the world.” His tweet included a link to an editorial in the Quad City Times criticizing the plan at the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point to eliminate programs in philosophy and other subjects.


Perhaps Senator Rubio will welcome further suggestions for philosophical reading. Have one?


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