The Future of the Philosophy Profession

Posted on August 31, 2014 by


The linked article by Adam Briggle and Robert Frodeman is thought provoking. I declined an offer from North Texas to come to the University of Calgary in 2011. I was taken aback by how much work they wanted me to do right off the bat, not to mention that the compensation for the heavy workload was EXTREMELY low!

Daily Nous

Many graduate philosophy programs rely upon what could be characterized as a game of bait and switch. These programs exist not because there is a job market for their graduates. They exist for a variety of reasons, including the intrinsic value of philosophy and institutional mandates to produce Ph.D.’s. But they also exist in part to help universities reduce the cost of tuition while providing faculty members with the opportunity to conduct research…

In the majority of graduate programs, students are overworked and underpaid during their time in school, and they have few prospects for work once they graduate. And the beneficiaries of this system—again, setting aside the pleasure of studying philosophy for a period of one’s life—are the universities, which save costs on instruction, and the professors, who practice their specialties in graduate courses and use their reduced workload to produce philosophical research.

Adam Briggle and Robert Frodeman (both…

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