I left a Masters' program (philosophy) nearly a decade ago, after completing all coursework (and doing well in it), but without having completed a thesis, partly because I wasn't in line with my department's approach, and partly because of a life change (having children).
Lately I've been considering pursuing an advanced degree in philosophy again. Am I correct to assume I would need to start by finishing up my long delayed thesis? It isn't the easiest thing to do outside of an academic program, but my old department has indicated they wouldn't be entirely closed to the possibility of me completing it, even at this late date. Conversely, would it be possible for me to just start fresh, even with the incomplete degree on my record? (I'm still not much in line with my former department's approach.)
Note: There are some similar questions here, but I don't think they address the advisability of finishing the old degree first.