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Greek Guide to Greatness – Episode 10: Philosophy

Philosophy degrees were once considered anathema to getting a job in the United States. But today — even in challenging economic times — philosophy grads are suddenly the rage, earning more on average than their friends in accounting. Why? It appears we’re coming back around to why Greeks cherished philosophers, and why they invented the entire field in the first place. Employers are eager for candidates with open and questioning minds, with paradigm-shifting ideas, with ways of envisaging a radically different future. The Greeks might have admired our about-face on the value of philosophy. But they might also warn us that philosophers become more valuable in times of rising instability, uncertainty, and strife…


The National Hellenic Society is an association of visionary Greek American leaders dedicated to celebrating, preserving, and promoting Greece’ s rich heritage with an emphasis on the next generation. The organization’s innovative programs are designed to engage, and inspire its members, families, and communities.

National Geographic and the National Hellenic Society have produced a companion digital series, The Greek Guide to Greatness, that’s available on the PBS and National Geographic websites in addition to below.


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