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Marcus Arvan
Tampa, FL
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I stumbled across a couple of social media conversations recently on the topic of authors resubmitting unchanged articles to a new journal immediately after rejection with referee comments. The first conversation asked whether it is permissible for authors to do this (viz. is it irresponsible or disrespectful to reviewers to... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In the comments section of our most recent "how can we help you?" post, a reader writes: I recently completed my PhD in philosophy from a small department which, while having good faculty (as per my estimate, based on teaching and publications), is not a top-ranked school. Graduates are typically... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The Philosophers' Cocoon
A reader writes in: Soon I will start applying for jobs in the US again. The UK market was basically dead this year. Anyway, I did a search on philjobs for Junior positions and Postdocs or similar for my areas of specialization: metaphysics, M&E, and Mind. This of course includes... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In the comments section of our most recent "how can we help you?" post, a reader writes: I’m currently a first-year PhD student in institution A who also holds an MA degree in Philosophy. During my application season this year, my final decision was between institution A and institution B.... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In the comments section of our most recent "how can we help you?" post, a reader writes: I know this is a bit late, but I wanted to pose a question that's been on my mind lately. The simplest version of the question is "How much does an active conference... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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In the comments section of our most recent "how can we help you?" post, a reader writes: I have a question about AOSs for job searches. I've noticed that it's extremely common to see the following listed under the desired AOS in job adverts: 'Metaphysics and Epistemology'. Does this mean... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
A reader recently wrote in: I've got a question for you...My question is about online teaching. I'm wondering if you know of any resources for teaching online--how to structure interactions, how to evaluate students, and how to structure the course in general. Good question. I don't have any experience teaching... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In the comments section of our most recent "how can we help you?" post, a reader writes: I'm on the market again this year and I'm trying to select my best writing sample. The worry is my most solid *recent* work is co-authored publications. Even though it's equal contribution in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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In the comments section of our Job-Market Boot Camp post on whether to use a job-market consultant, a reader named 'Ash' asks: I know I'm way late to the party, but, to pick up on Shaun's question--where does one find a job market consultant? Of course I've googled "academic job... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
This is just a note that my paper and video presentation, "The Dark Side of Morality: Group Polarization and Moral-Belief Formation", are now posted at this year's Minds Online conference. Here's the paper's abstract: This article demonstrates that laypeople and philosophers commonly conceptualize moral truths as discoverable through the use... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
Because my family and I are on the road fleeing from the path of Hurricane Irma, I may not have much time to post for a while. However, I have a bit of down time and was encouraged to share this job-ad for a postdoc at Aarhus University in Denmark.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In the comments section of our most recent "how can we help you?" post, Grad Student writes: Since it's that time of year, I was re-visiting your excellent Job Market Bootcamp. One question I have concerns the teaching portfolio. What should one do if, at the time of application, one... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
As I said in the previous entry in this series, I believe there were two moments where I came close to not completing the dissertation. The first occurred in Summer 2016 when the tedium of dissertation work stifled my enjoyment of writing. As I noted in Part 5, I eventually... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
This is just a quick note that the 2017 Minds Online conference program is now up, and includes two Cocooners: Helen De Cruz (giving a keynote!) and myself. The conference begins next Monday and runs through September 29th, so keep an eye out for it! Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
It's been a while now since we had our last "how can we help you?" post, so I thought now might be a good time for another post. For those of you unfamiliar with the series, this is a chance for you to post openly or anonymously in the comments... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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An anonymous reader writes in, I am from a small European country and I have not got a funding for PhD studies here, so I am looking an opportunity to do a PhD in the U.S. Good news: I got two peer-reviewed papers published in a leading journal of my... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In the comments section of my post on the moral risks of philosophy, a reader writes: I do think that it is WISE for philosophers to use their positions as educators for good, as best as we/they can...There are many opportunities for this- it can be via the content of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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There's something I've had in the back of my mind lately that I'd like to float out there for discussion. I'm curious to hear what everyone thinks. The question I have is how we should think about the potential consequences and risks of philosophy. While I'm no historian, from what... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In the comments section of last year's job-market thread, a reader wrote this morning: I thought I'd chime in with what happened to me in two interviews recently, and I wonder if this sort of thing may be becoming normal (caveat: I am in the U.K, but one supposes the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
I thought it might be helpful to follow up this series' first post (on dissertations) with a compendium of posts at the Cocoon on publishing and research strategies not directly related to dissertations (I'll reserve book publishing for a later date). Here, then, are previous posts on these subjects, which... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In the last few parts of this series, I have discussed several major factors that make the dissertation difficult to complete. Since it’s taken several weeks to get to this point, let’s recap what I’ve highlighted thus far: The dissertation stage of graduate school lacks a rigid structure and concrete... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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Given that a lot of universities are starting up fall classes the next few weeks, I thought it might be good to run another annual post on teaching strategies for starting things off on the right foot! Here are a few discussions from previous years: Making the first day not... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In the comments section of, "Reader query on presenting to a department on mental illness", the reader who submitted the query suggested it might be helpful to gather a list of potential departmental guidelines or policies regarding mental health. I think it's a great idea, and thought we might attempt... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
This is the first post in the Cocoon's new Grad-School Toolkit series. As I explained in the series preview, the series was inspired by a reader suggestion that it might be helpful to grad students and grad programs to compile and organize all of the Cocoon's grad-school-related posts in one... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon