Sent: Saturday, March 04, 2017 12:34 AM
To: Walter Block
Subject: Graduate School
How did you get a PhD in Economics from Columbia with a bachelor’s in Philosophy? Also, don’t you think the following quote from Rothbard is hypocritical since Rothbard never studied moral philosophy in a university but he included a large amount of his views on moral philosophy in his work? “It is no crime to be ignorant of economics, which is, after all, a specialized discipline and one that most people consider to be a ‘dismal science.’ But it is totally irresponsible to have a loud and vociferous opinion on economic subjects while remaining in this state of ignorance.”
Dear NF: Murray is ignorant of moral philosophy? Au contraire, although to be sure not credentialed in that field, he is the preeminent moral philosopher of, I was going say, the 20th century, but, I really think of all time. Who else is there? Ayn Rand? Robert Nozick? John Locke? Feh on them. They don’t belong in the same sentence with Murray.
There are two questions here: how did I get accepted in their program and how did I get the degree. As for the first, I had a few graduate econ courses, and did well on their entrance exam. As for the second, by the skin of my teeth. I was probably the person with the lowest GPA to ever get the PhD from Columbia. Also, I failed my oral exam the first time I took it. My dissertation committee examined me for two hours, and then took three more hours to decide to award me that degree. As I say, by the skin of my teeth.