What job do you think would have awesome perks? Redditors with that job, why isn't it so great?

Professional philosopher. (I'm one = primary source of income is from doing, writing, talking, and teaching philosophy). In general, a lot of the perks here are the perks of being an academic (and there are many difficulties with this too, but that's not the issue right now). Still, I think being a philosopher might be slightly better than some other academic professions because of the nature of what we do and how we do it.


(1) World-travel: we get to go to some awesome places (Vienna, Berlin, Stockholm, London, Munich, Amsterdam, etc...), eat in nice places, meet other philosophers, have drinks, good discussions, and most of it we are reimbursed for. Also, if you get good enough, people like to invite you places.

(2) Time-off/leisure: there's a sense in which you have a ton of time-off, and another sense in which your time is never off. What you do get very often is the ability to choose this. If you're employed by a major university, after the spring term and before autumn term that's your time. Ditto for public holidays where universities close.

(3) You are your own boss in a significant sense: Sure, there are other people who say "you need to publish more, or else our rankings will become lower...", or "failing that, say 'goodbye' to career progression to a professorship or senior lecturer", and "yeah, you need to teach more now, and here's what you need to teach". Okay, so committees decide this, and not all of them are philosophers...Still, you're primarily your boss.

(4) It's Philosophy: you spend your day-to-day hours writing on, discussing, and teaching the most interesting, difficult, and very often worthwhile questions, while examining the proposed solutions.

(5) Meaning: I don't think doing philosophy over anything else is necessarily meaningful or more valuable than anything else. But I do think that, as a philosopher, you might be in a position to appreciate what you're doing when you do it more easily than many other professionals. Of course, I think there's meaning to be found and extracted from, or exercised within, almost any kind of work, but I thought I'd just throw this out there anyway.

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