Mr. Maguire: “I just want to say one word to you, just one word.”
Ben: “Yes, sir.”
Mr. Maguire: “Are you listening?”
Ben: “Yes, I am.”
Mr. Maguire: “Plastics.”
—WALTER BROOKE AS MR. MAGUIRE AND DUSTIN HOFFMAN AS BEN (BENJAMIN BRADDOCK) IN The Graduate (1967)
While earning a degree in philosophy may not be the best career move (unless a student plans to teach philosophy, and few of these positions are available), I greatly value my years as a student of philosophy and the liberal arts. For my bachelor’s degree, I wrote an honors paper on Bertrand Russell. In graduate school at the University of Minnesota, I took courses from one of the truly great philosophers, Herbert Feigl. I read about science and the search for ...