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By Andrew Moon, assistant professor of philosophy at Virginia Commonwealth University. An important practice I learned while on the job market was to manage my degree of emotional investment. If you are too emotionally invested in getting some job, and you do this for many jobs, then the job market... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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I was on the phone with a friend of mine--not a close friend, but a good friend still. We call just a few times a year. He does not do social media; he does not like Skype. So the old fashioned phone it is. He even has a landline. He... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
Our Cocoon mentoring program is in full swing! We have matched up a good number of mentors and mentees, but we have some unmatched mentees (as well as mentors who don't fit well with our current pool of mentees). If you are a tenure-track/tenured professor or equivalent position and you... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
I've just organized the British Society of Aesthetics Fiction Writing Workshop for Philosophers. We learned how to write stories and how to publish them. My motivation for this workshop is the suspicion, voiced by Martha Nussbaum and others, and embodied in the work of writers such as Jean-Paul Sartre and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
Public philosophy is an important part of what we do, and how we can make a difference. It is thankless work that is not weighted as much as is should in tenure and promotion dossiers. Yet, through it, we can provide a valuable voice in debates and offer our expertise.... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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Kelsky, Karen (2015). The Professor is in. The essential guide to turning your PhD into a job. Three Rivers Press. This book is aimed at job candidates in academia, graduate students but also more seasoned people looking for their first tenure-track job. The author has a consulting firm, with the... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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by Alison Reiheld, Assoc. Prof of Philosophy and Director of Women’s Studies at Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville Writer Brigid Schulte first came to my attention through her article “Why time is a feminist issue.” Schulte describes a time-use expert’s claim during an interview: Schulte had roughly 30 hours of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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There was a time in my life where little else seemed to matter but to get a permanent academic job. At one point, I let the job market get to me and fell into a pit of despair. Then I made the decision that being an academic philosopher cannot, must... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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Today's interview with a philosopher who shares their passion outside of philosophy is Heidi Savage, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at SUNY Geneseo. Her passion is photography. Let me know at helenldecruz at gmail dot com if you'd like to be featured! Can you tell me something about your side-interest/hobby My... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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By Helen De Cruz A few years ago, I was singing in the choir of a local Anglican church (something I have had to give up, but hope to take up someday again). One of the carols we were practicing was Adam Lay Ybounden; the relevant lines in this intriguing... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2017 at Philosophical Percolations
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Wittgenstein once wrote: "This is how philosophers should greet each other: 'Take your time!'" (Culture and Value). When working on a philosophical problem, a long slow fermentation period is optimal, if one wants to make a worthy contribution. This also applies to bread making. Bread made quickly (like most commercial... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
Is it worth trying to apply for a new PhD program (e.g. in the UK) given my current situation? I am a PhD student in a non-English speaking country at a small philosophy department. I am nearing the nominal study time for my PhD. However – given my current standing... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
I’ve been an avid guitar player since about age 12. While I’ve learned to play many different styles (classical, jazz, blues, rock, country, etc.), my favorite style is “shred”: think intricate, technical, but exciting lead guitar work à la Eddie Van Halen, Steve Vai, or a lot of 80s hard... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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One of my favorite things to do over the past 15 years has been coaching soccer. Thanks to my daughters, I’ve had the opportunity to coach. My passion for the sport has grown and I’ve been motivated to learn more about the beautiful game. Being a coach also gives me... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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I just returned from a short trip to Budapest, where I presented a talk at the Central European University. As you may know, this university faces being closed down by harsh regulations imposed by the right-wing Viktor Orbán, the prime minister who wants to make Hungary more ethnically homogeneous. You... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2017 at Philosophical Percolations
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Today's interview with a philosopher who shares his passion outside of philosophy is Tomas Bogardus, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. He works mostly on the mind-body problem and the rationality of religious belief, and has a forthcoming paper on whether Christians and Muslims worship the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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By C. Thi Nguyen, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Utah Valley University. Unexpectedly, it turns out - to my brain at least - that the pleasures of rock climbing and the pleasures of philosophy are weirdly similar. Before I starting climbing, I’d had completely the wrong idea about it. I’d... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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Today's interview with a philosopher who shares her passion outside of philosophy is Sara L. Uckelman, lecturer in philosophy at Durham University. Let me know at helenldecruz at gmail dot com if you'd like to be featured! 1. Can you tell me something about your side-interest/hobby, and 2. How did... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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Today's interview with a philosopher who shares his passion outside of philosophy is Gregg Caruso, Associate Professor of Philosophy at SUNY Corning. Let me know at helenldecruz at gmail dot com if you'd like to be featured! Can you tell me something about your side-interest/hobby For several years now, I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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This is our first instalment of the philosophy side-interest/hobby project. The author is Rachel McKinnon, Assistant Professor of Philosophy in the Department of Philosophy at the College of Charleston. Can you tell me something about your side-interest/hobby? I race bikes (bicycles) at an elite level internationally. In the US, I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
We are starting a new series of interviews/testimonials here at the Cocoon where philosophers talk about their passions outside of philosophy. What excites us? What do we enjoy doing? Does it connect to philosophy, or not at all? We will provide a series of posts, starting with Rachel McKinnon who... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
Re-reading the Meditations, including the lengthy objections and replies, I came across this passage I wrote “Meditations” rather than “Disputations”, as the philosophers have done, or “Theorems and problems” as the geometers would have done. In doing so I wanted to make it clear that I would have nothing to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
I am happy to introduce our second alt-ac workshop writer, Claartje van Sijl (Ph.D., Utrecht University). Dr. Claartje van Sijl is a philosophical career counselor & trainer. She assists academics throughout the world with questions of purpose, direction, balance and confidence in life and career. She is a licensed Working... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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By Helen De Cruz For several years, I've been thinking about how we can do philosophy differently. Philosophy becomes narrower in scope when we confine ourselves to the format of articles, preferably in "general" philosophy journals and monographs. How can we broaden our scope? Blogging is one way of engaging... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2017 at Philosophical Percolations
This year, I developed a course in experimental philosophy for third-year students at Oxford Brookes. Classes have now ended, and I am getting the first large end-of-term essays in, and it is looking promising so far. In this post, I want to explain how I taught experimental philosophy and how... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2016 at The Philosophers' Cocoon