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February 24, 2011 6:23 pm at 6:23 pm #595291
Am I entitled to call myself doctor with an honorary doctorate?February 24, 2011 6:38 pm at 6:38 pm #744189WolfishMusingsParticipant
As per Wikipedia:
Recipients of an honorary doctorate may if they wish adopt the title of “doctor”. In many countries, including the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and the United States, it is now a matter of personal preference should an honorary doctor use the formal title of “doctor”, regardless of the background circumstances for the award. Written communications where an honorary doctorate has been awarded may include the letters h.c. after the award to indicate the status.
The WolfFebruary 24, 2011 6:40 pm at 6:40 pm #744190
it is now a matter of personal preference should an honorary doctor use the formal title of “doctor”, regardless of the background circumstances for the award.
Written communications where an honorary doctorate has been awarded may include the letters h.c. (honoris causa) after the award to indicate the status.
personally, I wouldn’t. I always thought it looked kind of pretentious to do so.February 24, 2011 6:44 pm at 6:44 pm #744191TheGoqParticipant
ill do it for you, paging Dr. Canine, Dr Canine to room 308February 24, 2011 6:47 pm at 6:47 pm #744192HealthParticipant
Why would you want to? Are you trying to fool someone about your knowledge level?
Unfortunately, I know in the medical field, that there are people who have doctorates and aren’t at all competent, and there are those without doctorates whom are very competent!February 24, 2011 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm #744193TumsMember
Where can I buy an honorary degree? (As there are no formal requirements to issue one.)February 25, 2011 12:04 am at 12:04 am #744194
dear Turns, I don’t like to brag about it, but I have an honorary Ph.D. from the Millard Fillmore Institute. I won it for entering an essay contest, circa 1970.
I’m not sure where you can buy a Ph.D., but you can buy a D.D., a Doctor of Divinity degree. The Universal Life Church sells them very reasonably. I’m pretty sure there’s not problem with idolatry or anything because their only doctrine is, “Do only that which is right.”
So, you can buy it, or earn it the old-fashioned way as I did.February 25, 2011 1:31 am at 1:31 am #744195
The strong minhag in academia in the US is NOT to refer to yourself as “Dr. XXXX” unless you hold an earned doctorate. It is considered to be misleading, and the boards that accredit academic institutions do not recognize honorary degrees.February 25, 2011 1:55 am at 1:55 am #744196
Charlie, you disagree with the above sources.February 25, 2011 2:35 am at 2:35 am #744197guy-ochoMember
a honorary degree holder on CR? is that a first? do u post intelligent garbage?February 25, 2011 3:53 am at 3:53 am #744198
I am modest about the honor. I have been here for over a year and a half, and have not mentioned it before.
As for my posts, you may judge them on their own merit.February 25, 2011 4:30 am at 4:30 am #744199
Mods: I believe our Ron deserves a subtitle of “Ph.D”, like Dr. Pepper’s.
Everyone: Please respectfully refer to him as Dr. Ron, much as we do for Dr. Hall.February 25, 2011 4:40 am at 4:40 am #744200
oh, no need, dear canine. I have no illusions about it. I did have to write an essay about why Millard Fillmore was the greatest US president ever. Believe me, that wasn’t easy, since he was a man of very few accomplishments.
I do have a Masters Degree which I did earn through the more conventional route: attending classes, writing a thesis, doing hard work and research for professors who got credit for it, and polishing apples for the department chairman for two years. You may, if you wish, address me as Master. That would be more accurate. I prefer Ron, though.
I would prefer not to have that moniker, but if the moderator feels compelled to add it, it should say, “Ph.D. h.c. (h.c. = honoris causa, latin for “the sake of honor.”February 25, 2011 5:00 am at 5:00 am #744201
I’m just reporting what I see. Someone without an earned doctorate will not be addressed as “Doctor” in any university I’ve ever seen.
I try to avoid being addressed as “Doctor” around clinical environments, as I am not a physician.February 25, 2011 5:03 am at 5:03 am #744202
You may, if you wish, address me as Master.
In the U.S., the title “Master” is generally only used for young boys (instead of “Mister”).February 25, 2011 5:06 am at 5:06 am #744203popa_bar_abbaParticipant
Do Phd’s go by Doctor socially, or only professionally?February 25, 2011 5:46 am at 5:46 am #744204Just one thingMember
If you work hard enough to get your PhD they should go by it socially, however only the pretentious ones do. It would be the same thing as introducing your self as “Hi my name is ______ and (insert all your accomplishments).February 25, 2011 6:25 am at 6:25 am #744205
“Do Phd’s go by Doctor socially, or only professionally?”
For me, only professionally.
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