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  1. I think I know. The position of the author above the posted post, describing the universality of philosophy, is similar to the oldest profession, a priestess who does not refuse anyone… and he doesn't take anything from anyone but money.

  2. A janitor to stay free to live your own thoughts.

    If a person is engaged in intellectual labor, but his work does not quite coincide with his life, then in this discrepancy he is more unfree than a person engaged in simple physical labor, which does not require concentration only on himself.Physical labor that benefits people leaves the head free and allows you to occupy it with your thoughts.
    The janitor's place of work largely coincides with his living space, and the circle and topics of communication in the “workplace”are not limited and even have to philosophize.Well, the prize for this work will be the dawn, which begins the day of the janitor, and a clean yard, which begins the path of his neighbors.
    If it is important for such a philosopher to remain in an academic environment, then you can sweep the university yard.�

    I think this question has more to do with the mindset than with the degree of a philosopher.

  3. I must admit that I went to study philosophy with the secret hope that I would never work again. This was probably influenced by the inspiring examples of Aspasia, Thais of Athens, and other hetaera of antiquity and later. A well-read, witty young lady with a pretty face can engage in consummation in clubs and between cocktails gently instruct the guest on the path of truth, goodness and beauty, thereby destroying the musty world of consumption from within. Just kidding, of course.

  4. A good philosophical education teaches you universal things – to understand complex texts, structure information, search for keywords in the data set, and solve complex and non-trivial problems that don't have instructions for solving. This is valuable in the modern world, and the value of such skills will only increase further – I will try to explain why.

    To begin with-what was. In the past 15 years, philosophy graduates who have retired from academic careers have worked mainly in the media, engaged in political and public projects, and many simply worked in large companies – in marketing, advertising, and analytical departments. That is, in a certain sense, they “worked in their specialty” – in creative positions where you need to work with the language, with the text, and constantly invent something. The terrible secret in general is that the employer is often much more important that you graduated from, for example, Moscow State University, and that is, in principle, you have a certain socialization, not quite wild, you can try with you. You can only look inside the diploma in government offices, and even if you get a job as an engineer, doctor or lawyer.

    This year, students conducted a study on how undergraduate graduates of the HSE Faculty of Philosophy work. 18% – in marketing and advertising, 11% – in media and art, the same number found themselves in management, 9% – in IT, and so on.

    I have seen most of the careers of Ph. D. graduates, compared them with each other, and overall I am very happy with how my own career track has developed after the faculty. I love teaching and work with the best students in Russia from different faculties of the Higher School of Economics. I also work for a federal newspaper that promotes the values of free speech. I participate in several excellent educational projects with my friends from the Gaidar Foundation and Inliberty. I conduct events with the best Russian philosophical magazine Logos. I have the opportunity to speak out in the media as a person who has some opinions. I give public lectures in various cities and know almost the majority of thinking public people in Russia (and this is useful, they have a lot to learn). I'll never get to the office again – I don't know if that's a good thing or a bad thing. I'm definitely doing what I love – inventing different things, reading books, and listening to smart people. Fortunately, I have no difference between work and life.

    There are two considerations superimposed on this blissful but outdated image. First, the bad news is that there is no more media and politics in Russia, unless you are ready to accept by default that the boss is always right. So there's not much to catch here.�

    Hence the second consideration – and the good news. Everything in the world has changed quite a lot compared to the 20th century – we are only beginning to fully understand the consequences of these changes. Previously, it was possible to “get a diploma” and “work in the specialty” all your life – and everyone did it. Now this number doesn't work anymore. A competent person today is considered to be one who is able to learn new things, retrain, and change his specialty if necessary. So whatever specialty you choose, you should be prepared for the fact that all your knowledge will be outdated even before you get a diploma. And in the workplace, you will start learning again – and this will continue for the rest of your life.

    Under these conditions, it is best to study what is difficult to obsolescence and what allows you to maneuver. Philosophy in this sense looks like a good choice. A perfectly reasonable career path today looks like this: a strong philosophical bachelor's degree, where you will be trained to read, interpret and understand, make you think, teach logic, and give an idea of classical culture. Then you go on to a master's degree in law, or in economics, or anywhere else, but most importantly-you remain a person who knows how to learn. Aristotle said that philosophy is the art of being surprised. This, in my opinion, is the goal of modern philosophical education: to be surprised by a world in which it is no longer possible to “work in a specialty”.

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