Monday, September 17, 2012

Philosophy: Perhaps Not So Impractical After All

No longer will philosophy majors be the butt of jokes...

Of course, it's another story whether we philosophy majors will be able to translate these results into a paying job. (HT: Martin Cothran)

Philosophers are still a long way, however, from receiving the kind of just rewards and benefits that Socrates half-jokingly demands in Plato's Apology:

What would be a reward suitable to a poor man who is your benefactor, who desires leisure that he may instruct you? There can be no more fitting reward than maintenance in the Prytaneum, O men of Athens, a reward which he deserves far more than the citizen who has won the prize at Olympia in the horse or chariot race, whether the chariots were drawn by two horses or by many. For I am in want, and he has enough; and he only gives you the appearance of happiness, and I give you the reality. And if I am to estimate the penalty justly, I say that maintenance in the Prytaneum is the just return (36a-38c).

Free food and housing for philosophers for life? Socrates for president!

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