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Should You Have Philosophers In the Office?

Updated: 5 days ago

Socrates as an office worker.

It is debatable whether or not philosophy has a practical implication on the world beyond its complex, theoretical contemplations that often seem to never end. However, having a philosopher in the office would only be good if the following criteria are met:

* Their arguments are financially productive for your corporation rather than idealistically theoretical. For example, if you had Karl Marx in your office, your company would probably go downhill and you would fire him on the spot once the negative change became clear.

* They are well-versed in human nature and know how to take advantage of it for the sake of your corporation's financial prosperity.

* They give good advice based on coherent methodology, appropriate evidence, and likely speculation.

* They obey your command and respect your authority as their boss, despite their esoteric mindsets and behaviors. You wouldn't want a philosopher to bring a naked chicken to your office (like Diogenes did to make a point), or preach your employees to avoid eating beans at all costs (like Pythagoras forbid to his followers). Indeed, philosophers, including me, are eccentric, and as long as it does not benefit your corporation, eccentricity should be kept on thin ice.

Here are the reasons why philosophers - specific, beneficial, and obedient ones, that is - can be good for your business:

* Philosophers naturally understand and discover insights through logic, meaning that they are keen on avoiding fallacies in their logic throughout their search for a valuable and possible insight and truth. It means that their words of wisdom to your business have been deeply thought and deeply analyzed, even if the conclusion they've reached may seem absurd to you at first.

* In my opinion, any philosopher that is not nihilistic is likely to be highly motivated to work and to bring their potential to serve you and your company. This is because any motivated philosopher is motivated because of a logical structure that they believe is true (otherwise they wouldn't believe in it, for philosophers are seekers of truth).

That could lead to philosophers being more motivated than non-philosophers when they believe their employment is righteous and sufficiently justified. Thus a philosopher could be a great motivator to inspire you and your employees to move on, for a philosopher is also a man/woman of their word. Who knows, perhaps their word could save your company from doom!

* Philosophers can be good as advisors and as counsels of wisdom. In whatever problem you and your business are in, you can seek their advice, especially when the problem requires a high degree of logical reasoning and literary comprehension. Perhaps a council of philosophers would do better than a single philosopher when encountered with a serious issue.

* You can save lots of money by listening to a philosopher, if that philosopher's priority is to dispose of unnecessities as much as possible. Some processes your company does could be unnecessary, as the company could get the same and even more money by getting rid of unnecessary or mostly-unnecessary policies, making you and your company richer simply by saving.

* As people that give their lives away for constant thinking and analysis, philosophers can give you new points of view you've never thought of yourself, expanding your potential as a CEO, along with the potential of your business.

* Finally, if the philosopher or philosophers you've hired are not nihilists, they could save employees from committing suicide or submitting to despair, in a logical and well-thought way, saving you and your company from disgrace.

My conclusion is, stay away from nihilist philosophers, as they are the biggest counter-productive intellectuals to have probably ever existed; focus only on those that contribute to your financial prosperity, for why else would you make business with them?

To contribute a society that would likely not help you when you limp across the street, to a society that would spit on the hand of which they've eaten if they are not pleased with you and with your services? In other words, pick your philosophers carefully, whether you consume their content or, perhaps, consider to hire one to your office.

Based on the insights of this article, it is possible to believe that philosophy, after all, could be useful to others beyond the realm of theory.

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Tomasio A. Rubinshtein, Philosocom's Founder & Writer

I am a philosopher from Israel, author of several books in 2 languages, and Quora's Top Writer of the year 2018. I'm also a semi-hermit who has decided to dedicate his life to writing and sharing my articles across the globe. Several podcasts on me, as well as a radio interview, have been made since my career as a writer. More information about me can be found here.

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