"Life examined" confers life skills

Don't look now, but a certain subject is making a comeback in American universities, and one reason is that it offers an extremely important skill in an era characterized by the need to incorporate and make sense of a wide range of information.

David E.  Schrader, executive director of the American Philosophical Association, a professional organization with 11,000 members, said that in an era in which people change careers frequently, philosophy makes sense.  'It’s a major that helps them become quick learners and gives them strong skills in writing, analysis and critical thinking,' he said.