Thinking of majoring in Philosophy

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    I was interested in Philosophy, among other things in college, except chose what I deemed the most practical of my interests, Computer Science. I would make the same choice again if given the chance. I dropped out of school to accept a job offer in a different location. After a succesful career in software development , I can afford to go back to school on my own dime and study what I lIke. My question is how far will finishing my bachelor's degree in Computer Science with a minor in Mathematics go towards fullfilling requirements towards a Science of Philosophy degree?
     
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    I guess if you want to waste thousands of dollars
     
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    Considering that I've been wasting 1500 dollars a month on booze for the last few years and recently had a friend die of alcoholic pancreatitis, I can think of worse things I can waste my money on.
     
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    Have you looked in to the career prospects for a Philosophy major?
    Unless you're good enough to be teaching this marginal stuff as an aside to other disciplines, it might be hard to find a job that pays anywhere near the IT level.
    Of course, if it's primarily for personal development, go for it!
    Somebody said, when Science displaced God as the Truth, (in the 19th century!) that philosophy has been relegated to the realm of semantics. Perhaps you might get more from a linguistics course.
     
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    I assure you, I have no intention of quitiing my day job in order to pursue this. I still love developing software and have no plans of walking away from it. I have simply always been passionate about the roots of Philosophy and also happen to have a fondness for the much maligned, idealistic philosophy from the early to mid 20th century known as Logical Positivism.
     
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    You should do what you feel is right for you, but for my 2cents, at this point it's a matter of what you want to do more than a matter of what career opportunities it might offer. Not sure how old you are, but you say you have had a good career in software, it's probably a little late to start another one in another discipline. You worked hard to be able to make that decision. Doing something just because you want to is your reward.
     
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    Waste? Being educated in a field of interest to someone is a waste?
    What is money for, then?
     
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    Everything you need to know about Western Philosophy.

     
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    Americans have little use for what are not directly lucrative intellectual pursuits. They think they know what 'practical' is and have no resources for seeing outside that tight, constricting box. Any uncomfortable philosophical issues can be resolved with simplistic religious platitudes or clichéd political jingoisms.
     
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