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IAH Fellow Defending Humanities: Post-GOP Debate


November 17, 2015 | M. Clay

In a Time article, IAH Fellow (2003) and philosophy professor Douglas MacLean defends “the number of philosophers” we need in response to Marco Rubio’s comments in the GOP debate: “We need more welders and less philosophers.”

In his article MacLean writes: “Students of philosophy learn to think critically; they learn to analyze complicated arguments; they learn to defend their views with good reasons, to think and write clearly. My colleagues and I emphasize these points when we talk with prospective majors or seek to reassure their worried parents.”

“Studies have shown,” he continues, “philosophy majors have outperformed nearly every other major on the law-school aptitude test, the GREs, and the GMAT, the admission test for business schools.” But that is not all. Read the entire article here.


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