Additional Resources

Other Interviews with Philosophers Working Outside the Academy:

  • Philosopher Helen de Cruz’s interviews with philosophy PhDs working outside of academia were a major source of inspiration for the interviews here at Free Range Philosophers.

Part I: “How and Why Do They End Up There?”

Part II: “What’s It Like to Have a Nonacademic Job?”

Part III: “Transferable Skills and Concrete Advice”

Coverage at The Philosophers’ Magazine

Coverage at The Atlantic

Coverage and Translation into Chinese at The Paper

  • Helen de Cruz also has an ongoing series of profiles with philosophers in nonacademic careers called Doing Things With Philosophy.
  • Eleni Manis hosts a series of interviews with and resources for philosophy PhDs pursuing non-academic careers at Phil Skills.

Philosophy-Specific Information Regarding Alternative Careers:

General Information Regarding Alternative Careers for PhDs:

  • The Versatile PhD brands itself as “the largest online community dedicated to non-academic and non-faculty careers for PhDs in humanities, social science and STEM.” Free registration is required, and additional resources are available to graduates of “subscribing” schools. The site contains job listings, community forums, personal accounts of career transitions, and a Career Finder tool organized by occupation/industry.
  • Dr. Karen Kelsky of The Professor is In offers a number of resources for academics who are transitioning to nonacademic careers. In addition to offering paid consulting for the nonacademic job search, she and her team of consultants offer a wealth of free information and advice on her blog, “Pearls of Wisdom.”
  • Connected Academics is the Modern Language Association’s latest program for preparing PhDs in language and literature fields for nonacademic employment. No doubt many of the career strategies and challenges featured there will also prove applicable to many philosophers looking at the prospects for alternative careers.
  • Career Diversity for Historians is a similar project developed by the American Historical Association.
  • The Academic Career Guide on the website Job Hero contains a number of links to articles comparing jobs in academia to jobs in industry and information about jobs in academic administration mixed in with advice about applying to academic jobs.
  • The article, What Can I Do With A Master’s Degree In Philosophy?, offers some general information that might be relevant for MAs and PhDs who are at the early stage of thinking of alternative careers.

Information About Teaching and Practicing Philosophy Outside the Academy:

  • There is now an international movement to expand philosophy into primary and secondary school classrooms. For just a few examples see The P4C Co-operative, the University of Washington’s Center for Philosophy for Children, and the website Teaching Children Philosophy. For general background on the movement to teach philosophy to children, see the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy’s entry on Philosophy for Children.
  • Prisons are another non-traditional academic space for teaching philosophy. Daily Nous interviewed a handful of U.S.-based philosophers on their motivations for and experience with teaching philosophy in prisons. The Guardian has an entire series on philosophy in prisons. And, more recently, Columbia University’s Christina Mercer discussed her experience teaching philosophy in prison with the Washington Post.
  • Faculty and students from Sanford University provide philosophy education to the residents of a women’s drug and alcohol recovery center through the Hope House Scholars program.
  • A number of philosophers teach free college-level classes through a program called the Clemente Course in the Humanities whose mission is to make the benefits of humanities education available “to people who have been deprived of these riches through economic, social, or political forces.”
  • Brooklyn Public Philosophers presents a philosophy speaker series for the general public and hosts an Ask a Philosopher booth at a local farmer’s market.

Other Online Philosophy Resources:

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