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So I'm in the process of figuring out which journal to submit my paper to and I wanted to ask the cocoon community on what the best method is. Do you aim for the best (and relevant) journals first and then work your way down? Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2014 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
I had a question regarding jobs and grades. How important are one's grades in graduate school when applying for jobs after attaining one's PhD? Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2013 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
I'm curious to know how all of you would defend against the claim that philosophical work does not contribute to the improvement of society. The best defense I have come up with for (political) philosophy is the following: Although the productiveness of philosophical work isn't necessarily quantifiable, it has no... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2013 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
I have a couple of publishing questions. 1. Would you ever cite the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy in any of your papers? 2. How much would citing works outside of the field reduce the chances of your paper being published? I ask this one because although my main focus is... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2013 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
How much do you all value the ranking of the school vs. the ability to study under someone you want? I've always been told that the latter is more important. Do you all agree? And if you had to assign a percentage to the two values, what percentages would they... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2013 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
I would like to know if it is common for philosophy professors to teach courses outside of their AOS. I'm looking at jobs right now and none of them solely focus on one branch. Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2013 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
Have any of you thought about what you would have done with your life if you hadn't gotten your PhD? The reason why I ask is because I want to get my PhD, but I'm not sure if any of my applications will be successful this year. I do have... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2013 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
Hi everyone. I'm currently trying to publish my first article and I have a couple of questions. First, does one have to be affiliated with an institution in order to publish? And second, the journal I would like to publish in states this on their site: Authors wishing to include... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2013 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
I think Sandel is the closest person we have to Neil deGrasse Tyson, but he's not nearly as good or famous. It may utlimately be that because they way philosophy is, it can never be as popular as science. Nevertheless, I still think more can be done. A couple of my professors have told me that most political philosophers aren't really passionate about what they write. They'll fine a niche and get really good at writing about it, but they're not really passionate. I find that very disheartening. Perhaps the requirements to publish reliquishes the fire that once burned inside of them, or perhaps they never really cared that much about rectifying injustice to begin with. Either way, the more I learn about academia, the more I think the reason why we don't have a political philosopher celebrity is because the people in the field lack the will.
Neil deGrasse Tyson, an American astrophysicist, has taken it upon himself to raise the scientific literacy of the general public. His entertaining persona and excellent oratory skills makes him the perfect person for the job. In fact, he is so good at being a communicator that he has become somewhat... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2012 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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