Huffington Post: On the Value of Philosophy for Entrepreneurship

Another recent article on the practical value of studying philosophy (for some earlier similar ones, see here, here, here, here, and here.)  This article, like some of the earlier ones, points out that the value of studying philosophy lies not only in the particular facts or theories one learns about.  The skills that are developed in the process can be useful in many pursuits that are unrelated to the material being studied.

Here is a brief excerpt (read the rest of the article for a list of skills she finds are developed by the study of philosophy and useful for entrepreneurship):

…While working with a team this past year to develop an entrepreneurial education program, I met with dozens of entrepreneurs from around the world, listened to their stories, and looked for patterns in their experience. Even in skill-specific fields such as technology, many successful entrepreneurs studied — and were downright passionate about — philosophy. Curious, I decided ask these philosophy grads how their major had contributed to their success and found that many of their answers were, in fact, similar.

Few said that they were likely to reference Foucault in a meeting or zip home in a hurry to consult their much-highlighted copy of Husserl’s Logical Investigations before making a business decision. They found, however, that the ways of thinking, making connections, and approaching problems developed through the rigorous study of philosophy maintained their relevance and value long after graduation. While having a background in philosophy may not be enough to start and manage a successful business, philosophy grads do bring a unique set of skills to new businesses….

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