The New York Times profiles the Rutgers Philosophy Department, ranked second in the nation, which now graduates 100 philosophy majors a year, about the same number as The University of Texas at Austin. (HT: Ann Althouse) Why is philosophy becoming more popular? One Rutgers students has an explanation:
Jenna Schaal-O’Connor, a 20-year-old sophomore who is majoring in cognitive science and linguistics, said philosophy had other perks. She said she found many male philosophy majors interesting and sensitive.
“That whole deep existential torment,” she said. “It’s good for getting girlfriends.”
Even if that’s true, it doesn’t explain the increase. That, I suspect, is due to the fact that philosophy is one of the only liberal arts fields that has remained unconquered by postmodernism and political correctness. It’s still possible to have a wide-ranging, free, no-holds-barred discussion about justice, virtue, etc., in a philosophy classroom.