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Marcus Arvan
Tampa, FL
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(Updated with links to additional discussions of related issues). In our newest "how can we help you?" thread, a reader writes: I am a PhD candidate who is about one year away from defending and entering the job market. I wanted to know how open I should be about belonging... Continue reading
Posted 14 hours ago at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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Over the The Splintered Mind, Eric Scwitzgebel (UC Riverside) has a great new post up on trends in the academic market for tenured positions in philosophy. In the post, Schwitzgebel compares trends for senior philosophy positions to trends in the reports on junior tenure-track jobs that I have given here... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In our newest "how can we help you?" thread, a reader asks: The recent discussions here about mid-career moves are very helpful. It is obvious that pre-tenure moves are way easier than after-tenure moves. I am wondering for those who moved before tenure, how much research at the previous institution... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The Philosophers' Cocoon
Brad Cokelet (Kansas) has a new podcast interview with Pamela Hieronymi (UCLA) up at Ethical Theory Review on her book Freedom, Resentment, and the Metaphysics of Morals (Princeton University Press, 2020). Check it out! Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In a Twitter thread today, an early-career philosopher, Alex Bryant, asks: [D]o you know off hand if there are any especially good discussions of developing and maintaining healthy romantic/social relationships during graduate school and beyond? The two-body problem is related, but I've been trying to find advice about the rest!... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In our newest "how can we help you?" thread, a reader asks: I am a junior person on the tenure-track at a large-teaching-focused-state school. This school is an area of the US which has very high cost of living and the pay at my institution has not kept pace with... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In our newest "how can we help you?" thread, a reader writes: I'd like to hear from people who left academia for personal reasons when the going was good. My partner & I have an international two-body problem that has resisted solutions for years. They are a couple of years... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In our newest "how can we help you?" thread, a reader asks: What options are there for navigating the two-body problem for junior academics? Suppose the couple in question are both junior academics (less than 5 years out of PhD), both in analytic philosophy, but different areas of specialisation. The... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In our newest "how can we help you?" thread, a 3rd year PhD student asks: What are salaries like for tenure track positions? Full time non-TT positions? It occurred to me that in many cases, people might get super lucky to land a TT job and then get stuck with... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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The Eastern Society for Women in Philosophy (E-SWIP) is now accepting nominations for the 2021 Distinguished Woman Philosopher Award. The Award has historically recognized outstanding accomplishment by women philosophers in a wide range of philosophical subfields, including metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, social and political philosophy,... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2021 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In our new "how can we help you?" thread, anxious first-year writes: I will be a first-year Ph.D. student at a mid-ranked program in the fall, and I am already beginning to worry about job placement, publishing, etc. Are there any steps folks would recommend taking now in order to... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2021 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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Now that it's been close to a couple of months since our last "how can we help you?" thread, it's time for a new one. For those of you unfamiliar with this series, this is a chance for you to post openly or anonymously in the comments section below on... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2021 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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Paul Carron (Baylor) wrote in drawing my attention to the following ad for three interdisciplinary 1-year lecturer positions: Baylor University - Interdisciplinary Full-Time Temporary Lectureship (1 year with the possibility of renewal) in Interdisciplinary Studies 3 faculty positions available in the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core, an academic program within the Honors... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2021 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In our newest "how can we help you?" thread, a reader ('Narcissus (young and not established)') asks: Is it lame to cite yourself? One reader submitted the following response: The only reason to cite yourself is if it adds to the support of the argument. And please only cite published... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2021 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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Call for Abstracts – MANCEPT 2021 Prudence and Politics Convenor: Marcus Arvan (University of Tampa) Considerations of prudence plausibly underlie a number of important political debates. Consider, for example, debates between moderates, progressives, and conservatives about social and political change. Moderates often allege that radical approaches to change are likely... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2021 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In our newest "how can we help you?" thread, a reader ('feeling stuck') writes: I have a question about mid-career growth and/or moves. I'm up for tenure soon, and all signs suggest I will be successful. I should feel relieved and grateful, but I don't see much room for growth... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2021 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In our newest "how can we help you?" thread, a reader asks: I have a question about writing referee reports and matching one's standards to the selectiveness of the journal. I'm relatively new to writing referee reports and am finding it difficult to know whether and how to match my... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2021 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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In our newest "how can we help you?" thread, Frustrated writes: I have a question about good practices for reviewers. In the past few months this happened to me 3 times. I was asked to review a paper for a top journal in my AOS. This paper is really really... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2021 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In our newest "how can we help you?" thread, a reader writes: What are the norms for approaching other philosophers for feedback on your work? Say, philosophers who have published on your topic but who you don't know personally. Great question! One senior member of the discipline submitted the following... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2021 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In our newest "how can we help you?" thread, a reader writes: How long does it typically take to get a paper published online (counting pre-publication view) from the date that the paper is officially accepted? I had a paper of mine accepted well over a year ago, and I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2021 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In our newest "how can we help you?" thread, a reader writes: I have a question about motivation. Some of you (those who run the Cocoon) have mentioned that you were on the market for years before getting your TT position. During that time, how did you maintain the motivation... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2021 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In our newest "how can we help you?" thread, a reader writes: I make less now than when I started my tenure track job, controlling for inflation. I think it's my right to give less effort on this basis. For example, if my employer is only paying me 90% of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2021 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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Darrell Rowbottom (Lingnan University) has drawn my attention to a new paper of his forthcoming in British Journal for Philosophy of Science in which he defends pre-publication peer-review against a recent argument by Heesen and Bright for abolishing the practice altogether. Readers may recall that over the years, I've tried... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2021 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In our newest "how can we help you?" thread, Tom writes: Is it ever feasible to try and get a job at a university that isn't hiring (sounds silly I know)? For example, suppose I really want to live in location y, but the only university in y is not... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2021 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
Recently, I’ve been contemplating a question that one of our readers asked a several weeks ago. The core of the question was this: at what point after beginning your job search does it become unrealistic to expect to land a tenure-track job? Marcus cited some data on this and some... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2021 at The Philosophers' Cocoon