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Marcus Arvan
Tampa, FL
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In the comments section of our newest "how can we help you?" post, gradstudent14 writes: I'm planning to go on the job market next year, and lately I've been thinking about my teaching statement. I know that it's often said to be a good thing to stand out here, to... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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In the comments section of our newest "how can we help you?" post, JR writes: Is it worth to edit a special issue for a journal? I was accepted (I contacted the journal myself) to co-edit a special issue (with a more senior colleague) for good specialised journal. The topic... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In the comments section of our newest "how can we help you?" post, UKgraduate writes: I am a graduate student being given my first opportunity to design and teach a course in September. The course is a 4th year undergraduate seminar, and I am somewhat daunted by the task. If... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The Philosophers' Cocoon
I'm going to be away in Oxford the rest of this week beginning, so posting this week might be a bit light. In the meantime, I thought it might be good to run one of our 'how can we help you?' posts. For those of you unfamiliar with this series,... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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My first stab at public philosophy, "We're programming A.I. psychopaths - and how to avoid it", is now up at Medium. Hope you all find it interesting! Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In the comments section of my post suggesting journals should consider expanding their policies on the lengths of papers they are willing to place under review, Pendaran wrote: I agree there aren’t many outlets for long papers and that this can make publishing a long paper difficult. However...You can send... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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Avram Hiller has a good piece over at Daily Nous (one I mostly agree with!) suggesting that philosophy journals should be more like science journals, which publish very short (1,500 word) "letters" along with full-length articles. Hiller's basic ideas are that many philosophy articles don't need to be as long... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2018 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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If there is one guiding theme behind my mid-career reflections so far, it is that while our careers in the profession are subject to a great deal of 'life and luck', adaptation is key. As I explained in my post on bitterness and resentment, early in my grad career I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2018 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
This is a just a quick update on the Cocoon's job-market mentoring program, and a final call for mentors. The good news is that Helen and I have been able to match over twenty mentees with mentors so far this summer. Many thanks to all of the mentors who signed... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2018 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In my first post in this series, I explained why I have come to doubt some common pieces of conventional wisdom in the discipline: conventional wisdom about program rankings, publishing, putting research in front of teaching, and blogging. In brief, a lot of things that seem intuitive--things that just 'seem... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2018 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In the comments section of my Top 5 Job-Market Tips post, Postdoc wrote: I think another tip worth mentioning is network and find an advisor or mentor who is going to work on your behalf to help you get a job, to help you publish, talk you up, introduce you... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2018 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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The Cocoon has now had several series offering job-market advice: a Job-Market Bootcamp, Notes from Both Sides of the Job-Market, and most recently the present series. I hope you have found these series helpful, and hope to continue to dedicate new series to the topic in the future. That being... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2018 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
I had a bit of a strange experience as a search committee member I'd like to share. As I will explain, I'm not entirely sure what to make of it--but the most plausible explanation seems to me to be a potentially dangerous assumption by job-candidates. In brief, the experience was... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2018 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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An anonymous reader wrote in yesterday: I look up a lot of younger philosophers on the internet...and SO OFTEN it is really hard to find their contact information (email, etc.). I'm sure that cannot help their job searches, etc. so I wonder if it would do a tiny bit of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2018 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
Although the original deadline for the 6th Annual Philosophers' Cocoon Philosophy Conference was on June 1st, I am interested in potentially adding additional papers to fill out the conference program (the review process is still in progress). So, if any of you are interested in submitting a paper, I am... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2018 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
I wrote last week about how I've found it better to let bitterness and resentment about the profession go. While I didn't claim that my experiences generalize or suggest that there aren't things about the profession that might rightly make people bitter, I hope at least some of you found... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2018 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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I've mentioned a few times about how journal restrictions on replies seem to me an unfortunate barrier to philosophical discussion, and how it might be cool for there to be a replies-only journal. Anyway, a few days ago David Bourget asked on philpeople whether the PhilPapers Foundation should create a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2018 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
It's been a while since I've written one of these, but I recently wrote a short "reply" piece to a journal article. As we have discussed before, one difficulty with replies is that most journals don't accept replies to articles in other journals. Consequently, unless you convert a reply into... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2018 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
I have been wanting to write this post for a while, as it deals with what I think is one of the most important lessons I've learned--both personally and professionally--in my career. Alas, I've never felt like I knew how to write it properly. The post, as readers will see,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2018 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In my post soliciting questions for search committee members, a search committee member 'G' asks: Let's say that you were a TT junior faculty member of a department without a graduate program. And let's say that you cared about teaching and you were just certain that if only your department... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2018 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In the Secrets of Search Committees series, I shared some experiences of what goes on behind the scenes in the job market on the hiring side of things. I hope you all found the series helpful, and if I think of any more things to share I will continue adding... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2018 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
A reader, Mark Garron (MA Candidate, York University), wrote in the other day for help finding an outside reader on his MA thesis on the philosophy of time. Because the Cocoon is here to help early-career philosophers, I offered to put out a call for interest on Mark's behalf. Here... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2018 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
The other day, a reader approached me by email suggesting a new series, one where more advanced members of the profession share things they have learned about doing work in their AOS that they wish their earlier self might have known. I thought it is a great idea, and want... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2018 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In our ongoing job-market discussion thread, an anonymous reader writes: I think the practice of the never ending job cycle needs to be fixed. It is utterly absurd to me that application deadlines for visiting positions are as late June 29th. That is, this is when they begin reviewing applications.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2018 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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