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Marcus Arvan
Tampa, FL
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What's the best philosophy article you've read recently? Why? Go! :) Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The Philosophers' Cocoon
This is just a quick announcement that the PPE Society has a call for proposals and submissions for its second annual meeting. Having presented at the first annual meeting this year, I can say it is a fantastic conference -- one of the best I've ever been to! Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In the comments section of last week's post, "Structuring unstructured time", UK Reader writes: This is the thing I've struggled most with since moving from a non-academic job into a PhD program. In particular, I find what you describe as 'Commitment. Put deliberate effort into meeting this goal...' incredibly difficult... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Philosophers' Cocoon
I'm scheduled to teach my first metaphysics & mind course in well over a decade (!) next spring. Suffice it to say, my knowledge of metaphysics and mind textbooks is a bit out of date. Anyone willing to help me out? Because it will be an intro/lower-level course with a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In the comments section of Trevor's recent post, "Dissertation Reflection Series, Part 2: A Different Kind of Project", a reader ("cw") wrote: For me, #1 was the biggest problem. I'm not good with unstructured time. I found myself rushing at the end of each semester to have something to show... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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I had a spirited (and surprisingly contentious!) discussion on social media the other week on journal word-limits. The conversation began with a friend of mine--a well-published and respected philosopher in his AOS--noting that he had to cut down a 16K word article to meet a 7K word-limit. As someone who... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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In the comments section of my recent call for additional mentors for the Cocoon's Job-Market Mentoring Program, Amanda wrote: I applied to over 60 jobs last year, both research and teaching, and very few (maybe 5) asked for research statements. I think that is becoming a thing of the past,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In the first post of this series, I highlighted four factors that made the dissertation stage of graduate school challenging for me. In this post, I focus on how the dissertation differs from other graduate work and why these differences tend to make writing the dissertation more difficult than the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
A reader recently wrote in: Regarding your excellent blog philosophers cocoon, have you ever thought of trying to use it as a way to generate some momentum for the creation of a stable, well-publicised philosophy jobs market wiki? The current one is something of a bust, and its URL has... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
Helen and I are happy to report that the Cocoon's Job-Market Mentoring Program has matched about 20 mentors/mentee pairs so far this season. However, we currently face a shortage of suitable mentors for the mentees still have to match. As a result, I'd like to put out another call for... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
Readers may recall that my 2016 book, Rightness as Fairness: A Moral and Political Theory, argues that morality emerges from a specific form of "mental time-travel": our ability to imagine and care about different possible futures. Specifically, I argue that morality--specifically, the rationality of obeying four principles of fairness--emerges from... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In the comments section of our most recent "How can we help you?" post, Recent Grad writes: Given that the job market is about to start-up again, I have a question I'd love to hear some views on. I just graduated from a lower-ranked Leiter program without any publications (I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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In his post last week, "Should You Go to Graduate School in Philosophy (Revisited)", Trevor wrote: Now let’s suppose you answer this first question in the affirmative – you think the grad school experience will be worth it even if things go unfavorably for you sometime during the program or... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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In the comments section of our most recent "how can we help you?" post, Another Prospective Graduate Student writes: I am also a prospective PhD student. Given the state of the job market, I have thought that should I get into graduate school (especially if at a school with weaker... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In the comments section of our most recent "how can we help you?" post, a UK reader writes: I'm mid-way through my graduate student career, and am working pretty squarely in mainstream epistemology. However, I also have some other non-philosophical academic interests - particularly in history and literature. I've actually... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In response to our most recent "how we can we help you?" post, Nate asks: I have a question about alt-ac jobs. I'm not sure at this point that I want to leave academia, but I've come across a non-academic job opportunity that I think could be both enjoyable and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
A few weeks ago, following Amanda's very nice suggestion here, I invited long-term non-TT faculty to share their perspectives on their jobs and the academy on the Cocoon. Here is the first submission I have received (if you would like to share your story, please just email me at marvan@ut.edu):... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
By Trevor Hedberg In a post I wrote four years ago, I noted that certain discussions in our profession seem to resurface every year. One of these discussions is what we should tell undergraduate students who are interested in studying philosophy at the graduate level. Some views on this subject... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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In the comments section of our most recent "how can we help you?" post, 'Prospective Student' writes: I'm a prospective PhD student, but I'm also a prospective J.D. student. I would like to enter a joint J.D./PhD program. I don't really care where. I love philosophy, and I want to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
By Trevor Hedberg In Spring 2017, I finally completed my doctoral dissertation. While the experience is still fresh in my mind, I thought it might help graduate students to offer a little perspective on what it’s like to write a dissertation and what makes it such a difficult part of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
Given that it's been a while since we've done a "How can we help you?" thread, I thought now might be a good time for one. As summer break is about half over (!), a number of our readers may be either be heading on the academic job-market soon, or... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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By Probably Leaving As the title suggests, I'm thinking of leaving academic philosophy. Probably not right now, I have a PhD dissertation to finish, and more importantly, another year of funding. That's exactly one year in case anyone was wondering. You may also have noticed that I'm posting this anonymously.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon