Originally Posted by Toilet & Bowels
I heard somewhere the other day that philosophy degrees are a pretty new invention (something like the last 100 years) which is to say that none of the great philosophers had philosophy degrees and the philosophy degree is of negligable importance to the history of philosophy
Depends on what you mean be degree. An undergraduate qualification in pretty much anything isn't important. PhDs (and you'll note what the Ph stands for) makes quite some odds though.
You're right though, but you're talking about a time when degrees dealt with the liberal arts rather than single avenues - there's probably very few writers with English Lit degrees. Having said that, you've probably heard of Sartre, who studied philosophy.