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Marcus Arvan
Tampa, FL
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In our newest "how can we help you?" thread, a reader asks: When my draft undergoes a refereeing process, I follow the norm in referring to my own past papers as if they were written by another person. My question is this: when I de-anonymize my draft, is it appropriate... Continue reading
Posted 17 hours ago at The Philosophers' Cocoon
This is the fourth entry in the Cocoon's series, Non-Traditional Paths into Philosophy, a series of guest posts by people who entered academic philosophy later in life or otherwise took a non-traditional path into the field. Today's post is by Oisín Deery, Lecturer and ARC DECRA Fellow Macquarie University and... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The Philosophers' Cocoon
Given that many of us have just had our semesters conclude, I thought it would be appropriate to share a snippet that focuses on how graduate students should assess the end-of-semester evaluations that they receive from their students. If you have additional or different advice on how to interpret or... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In our newest "how can we help you?" thread, a reader asks: I recently had a long abstract (1200 words) accepted to a cool workshop in my area of ethics, and the submission of the actual manuscript deadline for commenting/dissemination is nigh. In thinking through the project (I'm a mid-stage... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In our newest "how can we help you?" thread, a reader asks: I have a paper submitted when I worked for institution A, revised and accepted when I was in between jobs, and I will receive the proofs just before I start working for institution B. Should I change the... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In our newest "how can we help you?" thread, S writes: I am thinking of running a reading group with a few early graduate students, some of which [are] working with myself. But I don't have much experience with this. I can imagine different options for the structure, content, etc.... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In our newest "how can we help you?" thread, a reader asks: This may be a silly question with an obvious answer, idk. Suppose you get (lengthy) comments on your draft that haven't changed your draft in any way. The comments are of the nature "what is the implication on... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In our newest "how can we help you?" thread, Tomas Albergo writes: Are there any significant scholarships for disabled graduate students? I kind of fell apart over the last year because of my neuropathic pain (in my dominant arm and hand, sustained from a surgical error 12+ years ago) and... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2022 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In our newest "how can we help you?" thread, a reader writes: Is there a clearinghouse for grants philosophers can apply for? I have a sabbatical coming up, would like to find grant funding, but am not sure if there's some sort of master database of philosophy grants. I'm US-based;... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2022 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In our newest "how can we help you?" thread, a reader writes: I work at a decidedly non-fancy-pants institution. I recently had a paper accepted at a rather fancy-pants journal. I have been working on this paper on and off for over half a decade. The manuscript represents an incredible... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2022 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
The other day, we had a thread discussing the situation of reader who is grappling with a loss of intellectual passion. In our newest "how can we help you?" thread, Med raises a related query that I expect other philosophers may identify with: I am curious to see some tips... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2022 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
A reader writes in: I wonder how you felt about having a post about job ads. I was thinking even one that might have a pinned link on the side. Many of the jobs are posted on PhilJobs, but there are plenty that are not. UK jobs and postdocs are... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2022 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
By Samuel Duncan I was originally going to post this as a comment to Trevor’s post on teaching competently, but I decided that it merits its own post. Trevor makes some excellent points about teaching and what it’s reasonable to expect from yourself as a graduate student. The workaholism and... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2022 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In our newest "how can we help you?" thread, X writes: I am not interested in philosophy/intellectual work anymore, it seems. I’ve been devoted to (formal) philosophy for about a decade, and was really passionate at the beginning, with ok success (some ideas people liked, books with ok presses, a... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2022 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In our newest "how can we help you?" thread, a reader asks: Is it permissible to use your grant money to hire friends who are not experts in the funded area (though still can contribute) to support them financially? Thanks in advance! Another reader immediately submitted the following reply: That... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2022 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In the previous post in this series, I discussed how to approach leading discussion sections. This time around, I'm broadening the scope to the fundamentals of teaching competently. I'll have at least one more post on teaching after this. Afterwards, I'll probably turn to some other aspects of graduate school,... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2022 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
A reader writes in: [I] have all kinds of questions about the job market. One of them is related to a conversation that was trending online about a week or so ago concerning “brands”; namely, whether job candidates need to have a defined one these days. Is there already a... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2022 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In our newest "how can we help you?" thread, a reader writes: I am writing for a friend. Really, though! I have a friend who is a wonderful philosopher at a private R2. When they received tenure (recently), they were recognized by several of their external letter writers as doing... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2022 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In our newest "how can we help you?" thread, Newish CC Prof writes: Since I've seen several discussions here of resources for teaching non-western philosophy. One hurdle I've found as I tried to figure out how to do that more is availability of texts. I'm committed to not making my... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2022 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
Now that it's been 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 anything you... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2022 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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In our March "how can we help you?" thread, a grad student writes: I have had multiple incidents of getting “too late” reviews. I foresee that this will keep occurring because the wait times at top journals can be extremely long and the reject rates are extremely high. I was... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2022 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In our March "how can we help you?" thread, a grad student asks: Does anyone have any tips about preparing to teach historical courses? I'm a grad student working pretty much exclusively on contemporary issues, but I want to be able to teach historical classes at the undergraduate level. Doing... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2022 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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In our March "how can we help you?" thread, a reader asks: I'm curious about "courtesy appointments" and "affiliated faculty" positions. How do they come about? And what do they typically involve? Are there advantageous to them? Are there steps to take if you're interested in one? All good questions!... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2022 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In the comments section of my post on this year's tenure-track jobs, Cassandra writes: As per your posts on previous years (which show that there has been practically zero jobs in Aes/Art), it seems important to evidence and report the crisis in Aes/Art (and it is a crisis). If this... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2022 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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