Dan Mullin is a philosophy grad student and part-time teacher who runs a blog called The Unemployed Philosopher’s Blog. His mission statement is to challenge the view that a philosophical education isn’t of much value for employment. As he says:
My name is Daniel Mullin and I’m a philosophy grad student and part-time teacher. The other part of the time, I’m unemployed and/or looking for work. I’ve been relatively successful in finding work in the traditional job market for philosophy — teaching at universities — but that market consists mainly of contract positions that don’t really provide a liveable wage. Also, in order to get them, you have to be willing to live a transitory lifestyle, moving wherever and whenever there’s work. The tenure track job is still the holy grail, but there’s a lot of competition for those in a market that’s shrinking. What’s a guy with a philosophy degree to do? The conventional wisdom tells him that there aren’t many other options. The purpose of this blog is to challenge that conventional wisdom and explore innovative ways to use one’s philosophical background. I want to make a case for the value and versatility of an education in philosophy
Part of his project is to interview people who he feels can provide a perspective on philosophy and employment, which he does in a podcast which you can find on the blog (don’t think he’s on iTunes yet). He recently reached out to us for an interview and spoke with me (Seth) about my background, educational and life choices and how PEL got started and what we do. The pearls of wisdom that dropped from my mouth you can find here.