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Who Studies Philosophy?

After graduating from college, philosophers pursue a wide range of careers - in law, public service, journalism, business, computer science, medicine religion, and the arts. Even students who minor in the subject, or just take a few courses, benefit from the opportunity to investigate the assumptions, concepts, and methods of their major discipline of study.  Listed below are some noted students of Philosophy. 

Infromation from the American Philosophical Association.

Academia, Activism, Business, News and Journalism

Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Civil Rights Leader

Stewart Butterfield 

Co-founder of Flickr

Juan Williams


Noam Chomsky

Professor, Activst, Author, and Public Intellectual 

Stokely Carmichael / Kwame Ture

Civil Rights Leader

Angela Davis

Social Activist

Goverment, Politics, and Writing

Thomas Jefferson

Third President of the United States

Charles R. Johnson

Author, Middle Passage

Ayn Rand

Author, The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged 

Beverley McLachlin

Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada

Pearl Buck

Writer and Pulitzer and Nobel Prize Winner

T. S. Eliot

Nobel Prize-winning essayist, playwright, and poet

Arts and Entertainment, Religion, and Sports

Stephen Colbert

Comedian and TV Host

Pope John Paul II


Kumail Nanjiani

Comedian & Actor

Lana Del Ray


Deepa Mehta

Director and Screenwriter

Bruce Lee

Martial Artist