Philosophy Students' GRE Scores (Defending Philosophy 3)

Philosophy Students' GRE Scores (Defending Philosophy 3) November 9, 2011

In order to take a step towards vindicating the practical value of concentrating on philosophy as an undergraduate student, below are charts on GRE scores, sorted by the subjects students are expecting to study in graduate school (their “Intended Graduate Major”)*. They demonstrate, through quantitative means, that philosophy really does enhance critical thinking and communication skills—or, at least, that legitimately good thinkers are often drawn to philosophy as undergraduates.

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Thanks to Kylie, who led me to Stephen Law who led me to Razib Khan, who graphed the raw data which can be found here.

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*Corrected from my inaccurate original interpretation that the scores represented the students’ undergraduate majors.


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