“Want fries with that degree?”

All philosopher majors know the drill – you tell someone your major and immediately field “what are you going to do with that?” questions.  Well, tonight I encountered that bias in an unexpected place.  I was playing the game of Life with my daughters.  We were using a very old board, an original one actually, that was handed down from my mother-in-law.  If you win the game, you retire to millionaire’s estate.  If you lose.  Well, see how the board describes the losing bankruptcy option.  (By the way, my daughter beat me badly, despite her choosing not to go to college.  And many laughs were had at my expense by the 7 and 5 year olds at my fate.  Overall, a pretty serious fail if the game of Life was to be a vehicle for me teaching them my educational values.)

game of life

Author: Kleiner

Associate Vice Provost and Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Utah State University. I teach across the curriculum, but am most interested in continental philosophy, ancient and medieval philosophy as well as Catholic thought, all of which might be summed up as an interest in the ressourcement tradition (returning in order to make progress). I also enjoy spending time thinking about liberal education and its ends.

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