Thinking of majoring in Philosophy

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    Have the Philosophical Sciences resolved any uncomfortable issues lately? I have to admit, I've had to let my subscription to 'Uncomfortable Philosophical Issues Monthly' lapse to pay my porn bill.

    Now I just get the annual Swimsuit Issue.

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    I understand what you are saying. Like I said, I have no intention of quitiing the job I love that also happens to be paying my bills, and would be paying my tuition as well. I can simply work full time and go to school on the side, taking classes on my own schedule. One thing that I am particularly excited about is what people have been telling me about Philosophy departments recently making a shift away from socially toxic agendas and regaining focus on the practical applications of Philosophy and it's usefulness in vocational pursuits.

    Heck, my naive forays into Philosophy as a High School nerd reading Plato later helped inspire me down the obvious path into object-oriented programming as a young adult as it undoubtedly many others in my generation.
     
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    RULE NUMBER ONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    To be fair, I understand the viewpoint of necessity. Having thought from a practical mindset when I was younger is the only reason I can even consider going back to school without having to worry about having to borrow money. I never had a credit card until I was married and I didn't buy my house until I could put at least half down. It agonized me and kept me awake at night until I cleared my name from the debt ledger. The borrower is a servant to the lender.
     
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    I did something along that line after a health hiatus from Uni during the 70s. I was very interested in Philosophy after studying a subject on the "Philosophy of Science" at uni and wanted to pursue Philosophy when I was well enough. I was most disappointed when the lecturers turned out to be Marxist apologists and we did virtually nothing on traditional Philo at all. I did attend lectures but ended up at Uni mostly playing Rugby; I left after the year. I have no idea if I passed anything or not that year. I completed my degree part time elsewhere; I was working in Quality Control at a brewery to pay my way through. A most delightful way of supporting myself.

    My suggestion? Go for it but check out the orientation of the courses carefully. I would suggest a familiarity with Karl Popper before all else.

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    You could. You could potentially take an online course too. There are some abroad you might think of, the Open University in the UK for example, might be a lot cheaper.
     
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    You might want to consider an online course or two. Some highly reputable colleges, such as Harvard and MIT have recorded their professors actual class lectures for a wide range of their courses, and put them online for free. It might not be what you are looking for, but it wouldn't hurt to check it out.
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    What you have put forth is an example of a false dichotomy. One must not choose one or the other. I can say with authority that pondering deep philosophical issues does not preclude an individual from masturbating to pornography.
     
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    What does one do with a degree in philosophy? May as well get it in basket weaving
     

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