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Marcus Arvan
Tampa, FL
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In our June "how can we help you?" thread, a reader writes: Should junior TT faculty, who are trying to do things such as get another TT job or secure a book contract with a good academic press, list their dissertation committee members on their CV? Karen Kelsky advises against... Continue reading
Posted 2 hours ago at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In our June "how can we help you?" thread, a reader writes: I am an older graduate student (circa 40) who, in the coming years, expects to go on the academic job market. In your experience, is it true that older candidates are often looked at less favorably than younger... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The Philosophers' Cocoon
A reader writes in: I am an MA student in philosophy considering whether to apply for PhD programs this cycle...I have my PhD applications more or less ready to go, but I also have the opportunity to take a year off and do something else. (My advisor has told me... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The Philosophers' Cocoon
On Twitter, MB Willard (Weber State) writes: "Is there a good How To Create an Index for Dummies guide out there?" Ah, indexes, the worst part of the book production process! I don't know of any good 'how to guides for dummies' here, but I will say that I found... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In our July "how can we help you?" thread, a reader writes: Do you have any advice or do readers have any advice about how to select referees or readers for a book manuscript when initially submitting it for peer review? Should everyone I suggest be an expert in the... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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A reader writes in: When applying to graduate programs, the typical sentiment is that it is unwise to go into debt for a graduate degree because, due to lost wages from not working/not advancing a career for 5-6 years, one comes out of a program 'doubly in the hole', so... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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In yesterday's thread soliciting tips from philosophy grad program admissions committee members, one committee member wrote: [S]ome [applicants] have (this one I should stress) an unprofessional, weird, or otherwise poorly written statement of purpose. It might, actually, be a good idea to have an independent thread on writing a good... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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In our June "how can we help you?" thread, a reader writes: For those of us who will be applying for PhDs this year- does anyone have experience being on an admissions committee? If so, how do you whittle your initial pile of applications down to a short-list where you... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2020 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
Nick Riggle (University of San Diego) recently drew my attention to Mexican philosopher Jorge Portilla's work, Fenomenología del relajo, which has been translated into English with philosophical commentary by Carlos Alberto Sánchez (San José State University) in his 2012 book, The Suspension of Seriousness: On the Phenomenology of Jorge Portilla.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2020 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In our job-market discussion board, a reader writes: I wasn't sure where to post this, but I hope someone sees it. I have a somewhat sensitive question related to the philosophy job market. I have a masters in religion and am published in that field. I was wondering if committees... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2020 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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In the comments sections of Liz Jackson's post on tips for success in graduate school, a current PhD student asked for a thread on dissertation proposal advice. I think this is a great idea. Coming up with a viable dissertation proposal was without a doubt the most difficult part of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2020 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
An Open Letter to Philosophy Departments: Please Consider Suspending the GRE Requirement for Fall 2021 Admission By Frederick Choo (MA in Philosophy - Nanyang Technological University) Due to the global pandemic, many philosophy departments have already either chosen to ignore GRE scores, or made submission of GRE scores optional for... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2020 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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In the comments section of my previous post on tips for satisfying journal referees, one reader wrote, "I'd also be curious to see a thread where editors share their thoughts about all this...in some cases I've been in the situation where the referee was never going to agree with me... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2020 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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Last Friday, I ran a thread asking readers what kinds of things bug them as journal referees. I've found the thread really informative so far, and hope readers continue to weigh in. In today's post, I'd like to run a thread on the other side of things: namely, things that... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2020 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
One of the things I've learned over the years is that some ways of writing philosophy papers seem to go over better with referees than others. I've also heard that there are ways of 'writing like a grad student' that referees can spot, and which tend not to work well.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2020 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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I just wanted to give readers a quick update on the Cocoon's job-market mentoring program. Helen and I have received a lot of signups thus far, both in terms of mentors and mentee applicants--which is really great, as it looks like we will be able to match many of the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2020 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In our July "how can we help you?" thread, a reader writes: I have a question about preparing for teaching remotely in the fall: how much (extra) effort should I put into it? I chose to run the classes asynchronously in the spring when we had to move everything online.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2020 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In our "how can we help you?" thread, a reader writes: This is probably not super important, but on your CV, how should you list an article when the online publication date is very distant from the print publication date? For multiple papers of mine these two dates are in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2020 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In our July "how can we help you?" thread, Incoming PhD writes: I'm preparing my first article for submission and I'm struggling to cut my paper down to the word limit at journals I'm interested in submitting to. Part of this, admittedly, is lack of experience: there are undoubtedly components... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2020 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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In our July "how can we help you?" thread, JR writes in: I have a teaching question and request for recommendations from readers: I regularly teach the introductory philosophy course at my institution, which is required as part of the core curriculum for all undergraduates and is generally taken fall... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2020 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
Ethical Theory Review, Bradford Cokelet's (University of Kansas) new podcast interviewing authors of recent and forthcoming books in moral and practical philosophy, has posted its second interview, this one with Jennifer Herdt (Yale Divinity) on her recent book Forming Humanity: Redeeming the German Bildung Tradition (University of Chicago Press). Cokelet's... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2020 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In our July "how can we help you?" thread, a reader writes: [A]m I the only one who isn't motivated by teaching? I try hard at it and treat it seriously, but there isn't really anything about teaching that I actively like or that motivates me to be in grad... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2020 at The Philosophers' Cocoon