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Marcus Arvan
Tampa, FL
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In my recent post, "Alt-ac: how our profession can do better?", I suggested that grad programs and professional organizations (such as the APA) should do more to foster alt-ac opportunities for their students. At the moment, our profession leads all too many its early-career members into an awful situation. As... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Philosophers' Cocoon
By David Egan (Hunter College) I recently finished teaching a course on aesthetics for the first time. Because aesthetics is a topic that students have an independent interest in (insofar as they all have at least some interest in the arts, even if that interest is primarily satisfied by Netflix)... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In recent years, my primary focus on the Cocoon has been to help early-career people navigate the profession, particularly the job-market. To this end, Helen and I did things like the Job-Market Boot Camp and Job-Market Mentoring Program. Although I plan to keep doing these kinds of things--as a number... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Philosophers' Cocoon
The other day, a reader in a Leiter-ranked grad program wrote in: Does anyone know how the difficulty of obtaining a tenure-track philosophy job compares to that of starting one’s own business, becoming a popular writer, developing a patented product, ... any other kind of highly successful job that brings... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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Ben Sheredos (UC San Diego) drew my attention earlier today to his manuscript, 'A Phenomenology of Professional Failure.' I gave it a read this afternoon, think it is very much relevant to some recent discussions we've had, and think it is well worth reading, both by early-career people and more... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2019 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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This is a guest post by Roger Clarke, Queens University Belfast I've found myself teaching a class ("module", in the local dialect) on scepticism in Sextus Empiricus, Nāgārjuna, and Zhuāngzǐ. I do so, despite a complete lack of training in any of the philosophical traditions those three philosophers belong to.... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2019 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
By Greg Stoutenburg (York College of Pennsylvania) gstoutenburg@ycp.edu In light of a recent post about basing one’s choice on whether to start a PhD in philosophy on the disvalue of not getting a tenure-track job, and a somewhat related post about choosing a non-tenure-track position over a tenure-track one, I... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2019 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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By J. Adam Carter (University of Glasgow) It will be hard to follow up Neil Levy’s post in this series - he’s published over 200 articles! If my own remarks diverge from his, reasonable principles of epistemic deference suggest you should go with what he says rather than me! In... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2019 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
A while back, someone asked in a comment thread here at the Cocoon whether it might be a good idea to note in a job-market cover letter that they personally know someone at the university they were applying to. Over the years, job-candidates have asked a lot of questions like... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2019 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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In our most recent "how can we help you?" thread, James W. Quinn writes: Would it be possible to discuss the letter-of-recommendation system and its moral, practical justification? I have been enduring horrible situations—from plagiarism and unpaid labor to sexual harassment—in order to be able to apply for some jobs... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2019 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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By Jake Wright (University of Minnesota Rochester) There’s an expectation, often unstated, that when one is weighing competing job offers where one is tenure-track and the other is not, the tenure-track job should win out every time. When I was on the job market five years ago and faced exactly... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2019 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In a recent post at Daily Nous, L.A. Paul and John Quiggin suggest that when it comes to rationally deliberating about whether to enter a PhD program in philosophy, The crucial question is whether students can prospectively assess how much they’ll disvalue not getting that tenure track job when the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2019 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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In our newest "how can we help you?" thread, Busqueda writes: I wonder what folks think about monograph dissertations in comparison to three-article model dissertations. I wonder because it seems as if having three articles are more likely to increase once’s chances on the job market in comparison to a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2019 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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In our newest "how can we help you?" thread, Michel writes: It seems clear to me that students benefit a great deal from having many chances to apply what they've learned through frequent assignments, scaffolded essays, etc. I'd be curious to know how Cocooners with hefty teaching loads balance the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2019 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In our newest "how can we help you?" thread, LM writes: I recently received a rejection from a top 10-20 journal after an R&R. I then received notice that my manuscript had been sent to the Transfer Desk. I had never heard of this before. So my question is, is... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2019 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
If any of you are heading to the Pacific APA this week and are interested in meeting up, feel free to email me at marvan@ut.edu or fb message me. In fact, if there's any interest, perhaps we can even do a Cocoon meetup of sorts! In any case, I hope... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2019 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In our newest "how can we help you?" thread, a reader writes in: Has anyone coached an Ethics Bowl team before? I just found out I will be next year, and I have no idea how to do it well. I began coaching Ethics Bowl teams in my first job... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2019 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In our newest "how can we help you?" thread, Eddie writes: I would be grateful to read a post on how one coming out of grad school or a post doc should prepare for starting their new tenure-track assistant professorship in the states, with an eye toward getting off on... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2019 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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In our newest "how can we help you?" thread, 'possibly unlucky' writes: Sorry if this has already been addressed, but I would love a discussion of the way in which SEP/PhilCompass articles are handled. I think most view a publication in SEP or PhilCompass quite favorably (I'm always impressed by... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2019 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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It's a pretty busy time of the semester, and we haven't had one of these threads in a while, so I figured now might be a good time for one. For those of you unfamiliar with this series, this is a chance for you to post openly or anonymously in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2019 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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Are you interested in one or more Asian Philosophy? Would you like help integrating Asian Philosophies into your teaching, reading, or research plans? Would you like to hear more talks by specialists? Would you like to know about events and opportunities to chair/comment? If you are a graduate student or... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2019 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In our most recent "how can we help you?" thread, a reader writes: Is there is a situation in which it makes sense to leave a potentially renewable lecturer position with pretty bad pay for a better VAP position with much better pay? Is the renewability factor too important to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2019 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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In our most recent "how can we help you?" thread, Ash writes: I'm not sure if you've covered this already, but.... When do you think a person is "allowed" to take time away from research? My list of papers-in-progress is long and so I more or less always think I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2019 at The Philosophers' Cocoon