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Old 01-17-2012, 12:35 PM #1
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Ancient Philosophy and other questions

I'm going to be taking an ancient philosophy class pretty soon and I was wondering if anyone has philosophy as a major; those who do I want to know what you expect to come of it? I'd love to make philosophy a major but from the dim prospects in the case of employment I continue to fill them in as free electives. I was wondering what I should expect by taking this class besides Allegory of the Cave, Euthyphro and Aristoles divided line.

As an addition I'd like a suggestion for a more upbeat philosophy book to read than my last "Existentialism from Dostoevsky to Sartre". Dostoevsky is my favorite writer IMHO Notes of the Underground is a genius look into the selfpunishing sick psyche of humans but god he can be depressing.
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Old 01-17-2012, 03:46 PM #2
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Philosophy majors are relatively useless in this day and age.
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Old 01-17-2012, 04:52 PM #3
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I'm going to be taking an ancient philosophy class pretty soon and I was wondering if anyone has philosophy as a major; those who do I want to know what you expect to come of it?
I majored in Religious Studies and Philosophy in college. For a philosophy major, expect a lot of hard work leading to little respect from most people. But if you enjoy it, it's worth it. If you are interested in grad school, it looks great.

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I was wondering what I should expect by taking this class besides Allegory of the Cave, Euthyphro and Aristoles divided line.
My university broke up ancient philosophy into two courses, but I would assume that you will see 3 units:
1) Pre-socratic - mostly a quick overview of ten-ish ancient philosophy before Socrates.
2) Socrates and Plato
3) Aristotle

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Philosophy majors are relatively useless in this day and age.
You will hear this a lot. Don't listen to the trolls. I would never recommend doing only a philosophy major but double majoring has become pretty common now-a-days. A philosophy major coupled with something else (sociology, RS, econ, math, business, etc) can lead to a very strong resume.

Statistically, a philosophy major will do well in every grad school test (that could be partially attributed to both philosophy classes making kids smart and smart kids taking philosophy classes).
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