Philosophy is both a way proposing and interrogating the meaning of human life as well as an intellectual discipline that fosters the best thinking possible in its students. Far from an idle discipline asking "pie in the sky" questions, philosophy seeks to find the truth about to the most controversial and challenging questions available. The best example of how seriously philosophers value the truth is the Ancient Greek philosopher Socrates, who was so committed to challenging the thinking of his time that he was executed for it! Though our faculty and students have (so far) a perfect record in managing to avoid Socrates’ fate, we do pride ourselves in carrying on his tradition of asking basic questions that require examining the meaning of human existence.
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Note the wide range of careers of these famous people who majored in or studied Philosophy in college (as listed in the University of the Pacific website)
Phil Jackson—LA Lakers head coach (11 NBA titles)
Matt Groening—Creator of The Simpsons
Ethan Coen—Writer and director (with his brother Joel) of the films Fargo, The Big Lebowski, No Country for Old Men, Raising Arizona, and many others
Ricky Gervais—Actor and comedian; creator and star of The Office and Extras; also starred in The Invention of Lying and Ghost Town
David Souter and Stephen Breyer—U.S. Supreme Court Justices
Sam Harris—Well-known author of The End of Faith, Letter to a Christian Nation, and The Moral Landscape
Philip Glass—Influential contemporary composer known for his mesmerizing soundtracks to The Hours, The Thin Blue Line (and other Errol Morris documentaries), and Koyaanisqatsi; his music is featured in the videogame “Grand Theft Auto IV”
Rahm Emmanuel—Former Illinois Congressman and (former) Obama White House Chief of Staff