Manuel Vargas

Faculty Webpage  |  USF | Honors Prog. | Philosophy | Latin Am. Studies |


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Welcome!

 What's up around here

In Spring 2014, I will be teaching a seminar at the Law School, on the crime and punishment, and the philosophical foundations of each.

I'm also supposed to be writing about Latin American philosophy, philosophy of law, and things connected to moral responsibility.

If you need something to read, go read my recent book on moral responsibility, or an anthology on critical responses to Michael Bratman's work that is hitting shelves any day now.



Hey- become a philosophy major, already!

. . . especially if you are interested in business. For that matter, the average philosophy undergraduate goes on to make more money than nearly any non-engineering major (and yes, as a matter of fact, the average philosophy major makes more than the average business management major, both now and later. Boo-yah!). The Atlantic Monthly wonders if philosophy is the most practical major. In the category of "unbelievable if it weren't true," even the Wall Street Journal consistently thinks that philosopher is one of the top 15 best jobs in the US (really). Moreover, the best science has shown that philosophy is at the root of everything.

Some videos about the virtues of being a philosophy major can be found here and here.

So yeah, you really should be a philosophy major. Since most jobs don't care what your undergraduate major was, you should pick an undergraduate major that will make you smart, make you seem smart, and that is interesting to boot. Did you know Bruce Lee was a philosophy major? See, now you think he's smart. In fact, philosophy majors do better than virtually every other major on almost every standardized test. In particular, did you know that philosophy majors womp all over every other major in combined score on the GRE? That's just how we roll.(And yes, 'womp all over' is a technical term for 'outperforms in a fiercely impressive way'.) If you are thinking about grad school, law school, medical school, business school or any more school at all, being a philosophy major may be the best thing you can do. Plus, we get to talk about the coolest, best, and most interesting things. So become a philosophy major, already. Here's what to read in advance of telling your parents that yes, you are now a philosophy major. Here's what you need know about responding to The Question ("What are you going to do with a philosophy major?"). Finally, here is one more website with more stuff about jobs philosophy majors go on to do, our total dominance of standardized testing, and other things to make you or your parents feel better about the fact that philosophy has chosen you.

When you are ready to sign up, talk to any professor in the philosophy department. Welcome!

©2014 Manuel Vargas