A propos of Sen. Marco Rubio’s ungrammatical comment that “we need more welders and less (sic) philosophers,” the American Philosophical Association has posted an intriguing list of prominent figures in government and politics, activism, academia, business, religion, writing, news and journalism, arts and entertainment, and sports who either majored in or otherwise studied (sometimes at the postgraduate level) philosophy. It’s a fascinating list, worth reading through, but I was struck by a number of individuals whose political positions generally resemble those of Rubio and his fellow Republican presidential hopefuls. Among them are: William Bennett, Patrick Buchanan, Rudolf Giuliani, George Will, Carly Fiorina, Pope John Paul II, Ayn Rand, and Fox News commentator Juan Williams. I wonder if any of them ever considered welding?
My own favorite philosophy majors on the list are rather different: martial artist Bruce Lee, NBA coach Phil Jackson, Jeopardy host Alex Trebek, Simpsons creator Matt Groening, George Soros, Raisa Gorbachev, and, of course, comedians Steve Martin and Stephen Colbert, the most prodoundly philosophical pair of the lot.