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Long-time Ambrose professor and philosopher Joe McCaffrey, PhD, teaches a class in Ambrose Hall.

Philosophy majors have the wisdom and skills to excel in whatever career path they take.

There's something about the critical thinking skills, writing ability, wisdom in interpersonal relationships and, above all else, creativity in thought and action, that makes philosophers valuable.

Philosophy students have been successful in all kinds of careers that liberal arts students have pursued. These include, among many others, being a: writer, editor, judge, doctor, investigator, museum curator, social activist, retail manager, journalist, and teacher.

For the selective few, there is the career of professor; however, the vast majority of philosophy graduates end up using their wisdom along with other careers. Although it is best not to rely on this happening, it's fun to recognize just a few notable philosophy majors:

stephen colbertComedian Steve Martin loved ordinary-language logic and made a stand-up routine from considering the absurd.

Actor Steven Colbert (left) studied philosophy two years before switching to theatre and then used his analytic ability to create the bad arguments of his character on The Colbert Report.

Journalist Juan Williams uses his degree in philosophy for more serious pursuits and has been a contributer to both NPR and Fox News.

Founder and former C.E.O. of Paypal Peter Thiel studied analytic philosophy and libertarianism.

angela davisAuthor and activist Angela Davis, who was not at all a libertarian, earned a doctorate in philosophy.

pope john paulKarol Wojytla, later known as Pope John Paul II, also had a doctorate in philosophy. Any who have papal ambitions should study up!

It seems that wherever you encounter someone who is successful both at a career, and at life itself, there is a good chance that you will be able to talk philosophically with them.