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Why businesses are hiring philosophers ...

Post by Greta » April 10th, 2018, 6:49 pm

Busy executives in Silicon Valley and beyond are enlisting the services of “practical philosophers” to help them work through difficult decisions.
https://www.theguardian.com/business-to ... ilosophers

I worked in training & development for some years and there was always the sense that, if there was to be a restructure, that we'd be amongst the first to go. I expect a corporate philosopher position would be at least as tenuous, but it's an interesting role, part life-coach, part analyst, part ethicist.

Maybe the position could be casual - a philosopher on call? Dial-a-Thinker :)

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Post by Namelesss » April 10th, 2018, 7:52 pm

Greta wrote:
April 10th, 2018, 6:49 pm
Busy executives in Silicon Valley and beyond are enlisting the services of “practical philosophers” to help them work through difficult decisions.
Maybe the position could be casual - a philosopher on call? Dial-a-Thinker :)
A philosopher has (access to) answers, no matter the question.
That aught to be worth something from the local mom and pop store to universal giants such as Microsoft and Walmart! *__-
Part time?
Pay em whatever that want, and they can make their own 'time', IF they prove to be real philosophers who actually have access to useful 'answers'.

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Post by LuckyR » April 11th, 2018, 1:13 am

Medical ethics perhaps
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Post by Greta » April 11th, 2018, 1:43 am

One might need a lot more than a philosophy major, Lucky: https://www.nhmrc.gov.au/about/nhmrc-co ... thics-comm
Dr McAullay has considerable experience in health research, policy and practice. He has worked in a number of senior positions in these areas as well as in tertiary education. He is a registered nurse with qualifications including a Doctor of Philosophy, a Master of Applied Epidemiology and a Bachelor of Science.

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Post by LuckyR » April 12th, 2018, 1:42 am

Yes, but another member of the committee was the mommy of a sick kid.
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Post by Greta » April 12th, 2018, 2:37 am

By the same token one might call you a "Daddy". The mother was also a lawyer and member of a medical board and with 22 years experience dealing with the health system on a regular basis. Nice try, but I don't see that path as being any easier than the academic one.

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Post by LuckyR » April 13th, 2018, 1:10 am

Yeah I just being cute, but no more than you were by choosing the most prestigious committee in the land as the example.
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Post by Greta » April 13th, 2018, 1:46 am

Heh, that was more cluelessness than cuteness, Lucky. I used to work in privacy regulation so HRECs and HECs were the first things to come to mind.

You will know more than me about this - aside from smaller HECs, do you know of any vocational applications for a philosophy degree? Seemingly, the qualification is accepted as an adjunct for a more practical or specialised degree.

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Post by LuckyR » April 13th, 2018, 10:57 am

Greta wrote:
April 13th, 2018, 1:46 am
Heh, that was more cluelessness than cuteness, Lucky. I used to work in privacy regulation so HRECs and HECs were the first things to come to mind.

You will know more than me about this - aside from smaller HECs, do you know of any vocational applications for a philosophy degree? Seemingly, the qualification is accepted as an adjunct for a more practical or specialised degree.
There is such a thing as a research ethicist and of course there are bioethicists. Pharmaceutical houses and other private companies that do human research could have quite lucrative positions (which would be very few and incredibly difficult to get). Naturally there are academic positions but those are more make-work, not actual work.
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