Questions regarding philosophy are always so open-ended; in answering, it feels like you're discussing rather than answering, though you do have to have a conclusion. That is precisely why I am in the Science stream. Here, there is usually only one answer, though there may be more than one way to arrive at said answer, which makes things interesting. You absorb facts, and then use them to help you solve problems; you have to know how to put things together in your head. There's no long, lengthy, hmm-haw discussion involved -- just a straight, to-the-point answer. Bam.
I don't get Arts. I probably have never gotten Arts. Maybe the mathematical subjects, yeah, but not stuff like Religious Studies and Philosophy and Literature. Forgive me for saying this, but I don't see their point; science is useful and applicable in daily life, but when are you ever going to use philosophy? I do understand that people take to different subjects -- I would flounder and die in Arts while an Arts student might flounder and die in Science -- and I do admire the Literature students' ability to dissect and intelligently discuss an author's work. But the niggling question no one I've asked seems to be able to satisfactorily answer is: What do you do once you get a degree in something like Philosophy?
(From the Career and Education Blog.)
According to my mother, you can be a Philosophy lecturer. It makes sense, but doesn't at the same time. If the only thing you can do with a degree in Philosophy is lecture, is Philosophy just a cycle, gaining knowledge then passing it down, gaining knowledge then passing it down? Can't that knowledge be applied elsewhere? What can you do with it?
Please note that I'm not looking down at Arts students. Further Math is an Arts subject, and it sounds like the scariest subject ever. I have friends in Arts, and while I hate them for being so disgustingly free (no lab!), I think they're awesome, intelligent people.
I'd kind of like an answer, though. What do you do with a degree in something like Philosophy?