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What Can You Do With a Philosophy Degree?

Reisman says that when it comes to complex issues, the abstract and systematic thinking he developed in his philosophy courses helped him make important decisions. "A lot of what we do here at NASA is deciding which new ideas should be [carried forward]," he explains, "and there are all kinds of questions we have to consider. If you choose the wrong thing, the government loses tens of billions of dollars in investment.

"A philosophy major will prepare you for so many aspects of life, not just work, but issues of life and death-if you do it right," he says. " What I would say is get the philosophy degree for your life."

Dr. Veber in Brazil!


Dr. Veber presenting his paper.
Early in July, Dr. Veber gave a paper entitled "Dreams and Skepticism" as part of the First Epistemology Workshop at the conference of the Brazilian Society of Analytic Philosophy. The conference was held at the University of Campinas in Campinas, Brazil. Dr. Veber distinguishes the familiar Cartesian-style dream argument from a lesser known skeptical argument found in Sextus Empiricus. Dr. Veber argues that many common responses to the former do not apply to the latter, that if we accept certain influential ideas in contemporary epistemology Sextus' dream argument looks plausible and that the argument provides a new way to understand what Moorean responses to skepticism can and cannot accomplish. You can listen to Dr. Veber's talk here.

Ms. Madison Buchness, a  philosophy major, was elected Secretary of the ECU Pre-Law Society and member of the Executive Board!

What We're Up To

Photo of Sarah Smith, a philosophy major who is also a Sergeant in the USMC, in the new study area created for past and present members of the military. Photo by Michael Seegars, The East Carolinian

Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith is a philosophy major and a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps. She is in the new study area created by the ECU Office of Veterans Services for current and past members of the military.

Photo by Michael Seegars, The East Carolinian