This week's book giveaway is in the OO, Patterns, UML and Refactoring forum. We're giving away four copies of Refactoring for Software Design Smells: Managing Technical Debt and have Girish Suryanarayana, Ganesh Samarthyam & Tushar Sharma on-line! See this thread for details.
I've noticed a couple other cattleDrivers mentioning their Philosophy backgrounds recently and I was just curious to see how many of us there are... I'll go first (I expect Joe and Adam to chime in here with me!): BA in Philosophy & English, 1991, James Madison University - Concentration in Critical and Analytic Skills. ------------------ I'm a soldier in the NetScape Wars... Joel
Wait a minute, I'm trying to think of something clever to say...<p>Joel
Joel, I would have loved to major in it in college, but I wasn't sure I could make it as a stand-up comic (Steve Martin was one). Being pragmatic I stuck with business school, and have been reading philosophy for fun. I am not sure how much of it you can appreciate at a young age. It seems very relevant to me as an adult. When I was younger some things might have sounded elitist or something. What was your viewpoint then, and how has it changed? Dan
Joined: Mar 23, 2001
Let's put it this way: I was the only Conservative in the entire department, so my viewpoints tended to be contrary to most of the philosophical "establishment". I even wrote my Senior Thesis on "Aristotle and the Common Sense Theory". I never really considered myself pragmatic: I was always more interested in the Logic and Ethics than metaphysics. I define my personal philosophical leanings as Christian Existentialism. But for all my differences I was still embraced by my fellow students. I promise you won't find a more accepting group of people than Philosophy students (as a rule). I still think a lot of ideas are elitist, but it doesn't bother me since I've always realized that I should take everything I read with a grain of salt... sometimes a very large one! ------------------ I'm a soldier in the NetScape Wars... Joel