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Marcus Arvan
Tampa, FL
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I had dinner with an early-career philosopher friend the other evening, and at one point the conversation turned to a topic I have cared a great deal about ever since I was in graduate school: helping graduate students succeed. As readers may (or may not) know, I attended two different... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In the comments section of my recent post, "Part 10: More on Standing Out for Teaching Jobs", I had a spirited discussion with 'Postdoc' beginning here on whether candidates should take "risks." Of course, what constitutes a "risk" is open to interpretation. What one person regards as a risk another... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In my 2016 book, Rightness as Fairness: A Moral and Political Theory, I argue that morality emerges from a very specific form of concern for our possible future selves--a form of gambling avoidance that aims at preventing possible future regret, requiring us to care about other people's interests. I predict... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Philosophers' Cocoon
I am happy to report that the Cocoon's Job-Market Mentoring Program has made about 10 mentor-mentee matches--with several more currently pending--since we opened signups a few weeks ago. To those who signed up but haven't been matched yet, please know we are doing our best and moving as quickly as... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In the comments section of my most recent post in the "Notes from Both Sides of the Job-Market" series, Amanda writes: [M]aybe we should have more discussions about those who choose to make a career out of instructing philosophy in a non-TT position. There are many people I know, anyway,... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a post in this series on how to stand out as a candidate for teaching jobs. Because I think this is an under-discussed issue, and because there was a good comment I neglected to respond to, I'd like to revisit the topic again.... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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Joel Katsaz and Krist Vaesen have an interesting new paper forthcoming in Philosophers' Imprint entitled, “Pluralism and Peer Review in Philosophy” (via Daily Nous). In brief, Katzaz and Vaesen argue on epistemic and moral grounds that, "journals should relax their standards of acceptance, as well as be less restrictive about... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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In the comments section of my post on last year's job numbers by AOS, an enterprising commenter, 'Curious', writes: I was curious so I spent a couple hours going through the AOSs of recent graduates (2012-17) from NYU, Princeton, Rutgers and Michigan. Here are the results: Total: 194 Ethics -... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
I am almost done reviewing submissions for this year's Philosophers' Cocoon Philosophy Conference, but could still use a few volunteer reviewers. Papers I still need to review are in: Philosophy of language (Gricean stuff) Metaphysics of 'Grounding' Political philosophy: ideal & nonideal theory Applied ethics Epistemology (Williamson-type stuff) Anyone willing... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
One of the most common things one hears about the academic job market is that it is a "crapshoot." It can often be very puzzling which jobs one gets interviewed for, and which jobs one doesn't--and of course, it can be frustrating to see people get hired who seem to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
A lot of people have been discussing the job numbers I posted yesterday. One of the more common things I've heard is that it would be helpful to know how many applicants there were by AOS, as that would provide some measure of how many jobs there are in different... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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Updated - June 14th: Figures now include August 2016 (percentages by AOS changed very little). I haven't done this in several years, but I was curious how academic jobs were distributed by AOS this year and quickly went through the philjobs advertisements from September August 1, 2016 - May 31st,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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This post on tenure requirements at liberal arts colleges at Daily Nous reminded me of several important issues that we didn't touch on in our Job-Market Boot Camp: the importance of knowing a university's tenure requirements before accepting a job, and the importance of getting such terms in writing. Allow... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
An anonymous reader asks: I’ve been trying to work on some grants with the help of more senior people. I applied for a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship (it’s a UK thing), after working on it for two months. Suffice to say I didn’t get it. I then looked through the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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In my fifth post in this series, I wrote about how to stand out as a researcher in a crowded field of applicants. Generally speaking, when it comes to research jobs and elite liberal-arts colleges, we all know what this involves: coming from a top-ranked program and publishing in top-ranked... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
Shay Logan (postdoc, NC State) wrote in with the following interesting query: We've all received horrible referee reports. I'm curious if any of us has ever *written* a horrible referee report and then realized it. That is, have you ever written a referee report, then (for example) on receiving the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
As someone who was on the job-market for a number of years and who now mentors job-candidates, I know how tempting it can be to want to interpret interview results. You thought you had a good Skype interview...but you didn't get invited for a fly-out. Then, for another school, you... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
I have argued many times (see e.g. here and here) that our current anonymized peer-review system is outdated and problematic, and that we should reform our system in the direction of the public review process practiced in math and physics. Although there are some good things about our peer-review process... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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Helen De Cruz and I are happy to announce that we are now taking signups for this year's Cocoon's Job-Market Mentoring Program. For those of you who may be unfamiliar with the program, it is a service that matches job-candidates in need with job-market mentors currently in tenure-stream faculty positions--mentors... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
Once again, I hope you all have enjoyed this month's five-year retrospective. Now that we're at the end of the month, I just wanted to thank all of the bloggers who have contributed to the Cocoon, as well as our readers. It's been cool to see the community grow and... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
I hope you've all enjoyed the Cocoon's five-year retrospective. Now that the month is concluding, I thought I'd wrap things up with a little humor. It's been fun blogging at the Cocoon the past several years, but one of the more fun parts--at least for me--has been writing April fool... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
As a continuation of this month's five-year retrospective, here is Helen's 2016 series on real jobs in philosophy - enjoy!: part 1: Mark Alfano, working at TU Delft (Netherlands) part 2: Kristina Meshelski, working at California State University Northridge part 3: Eric Schwitzgebel (UC Riverside) part 4: John Protevi (Louisiana... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon