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[Xmca-l] Re: The value of Philosophy: xmca and the GOP

Mike, the "need more welders" line has been around conservative circles for a while now, part of conservative anti-intellectualism. I wrote a response to one a little while back at

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Subject: [Xmca-l] The value of Philosophy: xmca and the GOP

​Kim et al-- One of the big applause lines at the GOP debate last night came from Marco Rubio. Declaring (falsely) that welders earn more than philosophers, he got his applause by declaring "We need more welders and less philosophers" (qouted from memory).

Given the high value placed on critical thinking, never mind the ground rules of civil discourse, our admiration for children-as-philosophers, among xmca participants, the applause might give one pause. A reminder of the centrality of values in the organization of educational activities.




It is the dilemma of psychology to deal as a natural science with an object that creates history. Ernst Boesch