Monday, September 25, 2006

The kindness of philosophers

One topic I rarely see discussed is the kindness of philosophers. We are an oft overworked, unpaid lot spending our time trying to solve puzzles and rethink timeless issues and concerns. From the beginning, I have been genuinely blown away by the generosity (in advice and time) by all members of the profession, both in individual conversations and in scholarly matters (pertaining to journal/book refereeing). What is most rewarding about being a philosopher? Being part of a wonderful and oft supportive community of philosophers. This more than compensates from the weak financial incentives to join.

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