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Marcus Arvan
Tampa, FL
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Many of our readers are presumably on the job-market right now, hoping get a tenure-track job. My experience on both sides of the market--both as a job-candidate and search-committee member--is that a fair number of job-candidates do not actually know that much about tenure requirements or what can affect tenure... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Philosophers' Cocoon
I'd like to share a vague worry I have about the effects that "sub-disciplinary silos" may have on the peer-review process and philosophy more generally. What is a sub-disciplinary silo? Very roughly: a group of specialists in a specific sub-area of philosophy who primarily read and review work in that... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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The 5th Annual Cocoon Conference is now in the books. Thanks to everyone for making it a great conference! Here are some photos from Day 2: Pictured: Ali Aenehzodaee (Ohio State University) Pictured: Benjamin Lennertz (Western Kentucky University) Pictured: Blakely Phillips (Indiana University - Bloomington) Pictured: Evan Woods (Ohio State... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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The first day of the 5th Annual Cocoon Conference is now in the books. Here are a few pictures from today's talks. Many thanks to all of the speakers and participants for making a great first day! Pictured: Wendy Salkin (Harvard University / San Francisco State University), Laura Brown (University... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
This is just a quick note that the 5th Annual Philosophers' Cocoon Philosophy Conference starts tomorrow. I'll post a few updates with pictures as the weekend moves along. Looking forward to some great talks and meeting some new friends! Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
I’ve spent prior posts in this series recapping various aspects of writing the dissertation that can make the process difficult. Since these have been scattered across posts over the past few months, it’s worth recapping them: The dissertation is a different kind of project than most anything else one does... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
Like I said, Popular Mechanics nicely explains it was #fakenews! ;) Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In the comments section of a reader query a while back on teaching-intensive visiting positions, a reader writes: Sorry if this is the wrong space to ask this, but I cannot seem to find the new 'how can we help you?' thread. Anyway i just started a tenure track job... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In the comments section of my recent post on resubmitting rejected manuscripts to new journals, Recent Grad writes: I have a question that's somewhat related to the topic of resubmitting rejected manuscripts without making changes. A little background: I'm a recent grad. I've had around 5 reviews for a couple... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
compiled by Axel Gelfert “Can you see through a wall? Can you see through human skin? X-rays see through solid – or so-called solid – objects. There are things in life that exist, and yet our eyes cannot see them.” “A drunken man walks in a way that is quite... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
I wrote a post a few years ago arguing against an analogy I'd often heard comparing the academic job-market to professional sports. In brief, the analogy is that just as in professional sports, the academic job-market consists a large number of highly qualified and talented people all competing for the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
A number of philosophers (including Justin at Daily Nous) have been sharing this article today claiming a new physics paper demonstrates we are not living in a computer simulation. Readers may recall that I have a little bit riding on the simulation hypothesis, as I've argued that a new version... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
Recently, one of our readers shared a post-hoc admissions dilemma about transfer credit. In brief, they accepted an offer of admission to a PhD program believing there to be a reasonable chance of transferring credits from their previous institution. However, once being admitted, they were initially informed that their credits... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
An anonymous reader writes in: I was wondering if you had any advice about what types of positions I should be aiming at. So far, I've compiled a list of about 18 jobs from philjobs.org, higheredjobs, and other websites. Is it better to aim at positions in one's AOS as... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
A reader writes in: I haven't been using a textbook for my ethics classes, but I'm beginning to think maybe I should. I've put together readings of my own for the class, but I worry that they don't cover some topics as well as others and the difficulty varies a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
I ended the last part of the series on a cliffhanger. Here’s an abbreviated recap: after a series of starts and stops on the dissertation, January arrived, and it still wasn’t done. In fact, there was still quite a bit of unwritten material. After returning from the APA Eastern meeting,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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 Sep 25, 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 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 Sep 25, 2017 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 Sep 25, 2017 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 Sep 21, 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 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