"Should I go to graduate school in philosophy? "

Submitted by tky on Tue, 02/08/2011 - 03:37

The original article is from Michael Huemer's(Philosophy Department • University of Colorado)personal web page:Should I go to graduate school in philosophy? (2008)

Though he was focus on the issues and environment in America, I feel that most of them are similar with the field in Taiwan. Every inspired PhD and MA students should read this before they made their own descions on professional philosophy.

This article has been translated in Tranditional Chinses and posted with the author's kindly permission.


       1.    Why are you writing this FAQ?

       2.    What can I do with a philosophy degree?

       3.    What do philosophy professors do?

       4.    I love learning about philosophy. Will I be a good philosopher?

       5.    Where will I get a job?

       6.    What will I be teaching?

       7.    But I’m really smart, so I’ll be one of the few at the elite schools, right?

       8.    Can I advance in the profession through talent and hard work?

       9.    Will I influence the field through my insightful articles?

       10.  Will I survive in my field?

       11.  How does one advance in philosophy?

       12.  Why the hell would I want to become a philosopher??