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Marcus Arvan
Tampa, FL
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Good people, Now that my semester has ended, I am once again reminded, as I get back my student course evaluations how much I hate student course evaluations. I hate them. Even when I get good (or even very good) evaluations, I hate them. I hate them because I have... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Philosophers' Cocoon
As a continuation of this month's five-year retrospective, here is Helen's Long Journeys series from 2015: part 1: Mark Alfano part 2: Mark Silcox part 3: Dr. M (anonymous contribution) part 4: Anonymous UK PhD part 5: Rebecca BamfordLong journeys part 6: Martin Lenz part 7: Matt Drabek Enjoy! Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Philosophers' Cocoon
Isaac Wilhelm (Rutgers) has drawn my attention to a new paper he has forthcoming in Philosophical Studies with Sherry Lynn Conklin (UC Santa Barbara) and Nicole Hassoun (SUNY Binghamton) on the representation of women authors in philosophy journals. The abstract: This paper presents new data on the representation of women... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Philosophers' Cocoon
I began a series last year, "Notes from both sides of the market", as a kind of follow-up to our Job-Market Boot Camp, but this time discussing job-market issues from the perspective of someone who has now been on both sides of the process (I was on the market as... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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As a continuation of this month's five-year retrospective, I thought it might be helpful--particularly for new readers--to recap some of the series we began on the blog beginning in 2015. Here are the posts from the job-market boot camp that Helen and I ran in 2015: Part 1: Introduction Part... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The Philosophers' Cocoon
Following some of our recent discussions on peer-review and feedback, I've had an email exchange with Scott Forschler (Independent Scholar), who asked whether I've ever given any thought to a service matching early-career philosopher to exchange feedback akin to our Job-Market Mentoring Program. In all honesty, no, it never occurred... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Philosophers' Cocoon
Odds are you’re close to wrapping up the semester, if you haven’t already. And if you’re anything like me, that means it’s time to start thinking about planning next year’s courses. So I wanted to plug a new resource for making your syllabus more representative: The Deviant Philosopher. The site... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Philosophers' Cocoon
I've been giving some thought recently to developing a lower-level survey course on different traditions of philosophical ethical thought. Although my department's course offerings seem to me relatively diverse compared to many philosophy departments--we offer quite a few courses on feminist philosophy, Chinese philosophy, Indian philosophy, etc.--I think it would... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Philosophers' Cocoon
As a continuation of this month's five-year retrospective, here are the Cocoon's most-shared posts of 2015 by author. Enjoy!: Anonymous Guest post on the costs of applying to grad school (664 shares) Marcus Arvan Where the jobs are(n't), 2015 (2,550 shares) Wesley Buckwalter Two papers critical of order effect research... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In the comments section of our newest "how can we help you?" post, a reader 'NK' writes: I think it would be helpful to hear from those who've done some refereeing about how they approach the task. For early-career people like me, that would help both with refereeing, which we're... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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In the comments section of our newest "How can we help you?" post, a reader writes: I'm wondering if anyone can give advice on how to hide your paper from Googling by referees. I have recently noticed that my website gets a huge spike in traffic right after I submit... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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I trust many of this blog's readers have something of a "love-hate" relationship with peer-review. On the one hand, peer-review aims to counteract bias in evaluating work for publication--and when one receives thoughtful, detailed comments by peer-reviewers, it can really improve one's work (I, for one, owe an immense debt... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In the comments section of our newest "How can we help you?" post, a reader writes: I have a TT job that I have started recently, but the location is not ideal for a few reasons not worth mentioning, as well as some family issues that pressure me to be... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
Seeing as it's now summer break for many of us in the Northern Hemisphere--when many of us take much-needed vacations, but also do research and summer teaching, and prepare for the next academic year--I thought it might be fun to have a thread where we share teaching strategies. I don't... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
Seeing as it has been nearly two months since we've done a "How can we help you?" post, and we are just at the beginning of summer break (in the Northern Hemisphere at least!), I thought now might be a perfect time for one. For those of you unfamiliar with... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
Now that the deadline for submitting papers to this year's Cocoon conference has passed, I have a lot of papers that need to be reviewed. Anyone willing to help out by reviewing a paper or two? If so, please just send me an email with your CV to marvan@ut.edu, along... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
Last Friday, Justin Weinberg ran a post at Daily Nous speculating on what the virtues of a philosopher are, and proposing the following as an initial list: Humility – knowledge of the limits of one’s knowledge, including one’s knowledge of those limits Curiosity – the propensity to be dissatisfied with... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
Helen De Cruz and I are happy to announce a June 1st signup start date for this year's iteration of the Cocoon's Job-Market Mentoring Program. For those of you who may not be familiar with the program, here is the project's description and basic details: Project Description This project, associated... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
As a continuation of this month's five-year retrospective, here are the Cocoon's most-shared posts of 2014 by author. Enjoy!: Marcus Arvan The Sociology of Philosophy? (2,004 shares) Tomas Bogardus Only Naturalists Should Worry About Evolutionary Debunking Arguments (190 shares) Justin Caouette On the Idea of a "Negative CV" (249 shares)... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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A few years ago, I floated the idea that perhaps we should judge philosophical research (and researchers) less on the basis of venue (i.e. journal prestige) and more on the basis of philosophical impact (i.e. citation-rates and discussion). These thoughts were inspired by my sense at the time that a... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
A reader writes in: I had joint advisors. I'm going into my third year post-PhD. When it comes to letters, I know I need a letter from each adviser. But many places only allow one to upload three letters these days. So I end up being somewhat hamstrung by having... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
As a continuation of this month's five-year retrospective, here are the Cocoon's most-shared posts of 2013 by author. Enjoy!: Mark Alfano Philosophical heuristics (504 shares) Marcus Arvan Should we discourage undergraduates from going into philosophy? (3,285 shares) Justin Caouette Submitting to Conferences (421 shares) Jason Chen The Contribution of Philosophy... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon