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Marcus Arvan
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Now that it's been a month since our last "how can we help you?" thread, it's time for another 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 could use help... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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In our July "how can we help you?" thread, an Author writes: This might be a silly question but here goes. What would you think of a philosopher publishing fiction in addition to publishing philosophy? If their work has philosophical themes - if a character was a philosophy professor, or... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The Philosophers' Cocoon
A reader writes in: I'd appreciate some advice on comprehensive exams. This fall, I have to do an exam in my proposed area of study, metaphysics. The exam involves a take home portion (answer a number of questions in essay form) and an oral portion on what I've written and... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Philosophers' Cocoon
I know it's just the beginning of August and (sadly, but predictably) very few jobs advertisements have been posted over at PhilJobs and HigherEd Jobs. However, given that this job season is going to be unique--to say the least--and I expect there may be quite a few job-marketeers out there... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In our July "how can we help you?" thread, a reader writes: [I]s it ever too early to be trying to publish? if so, what are the downsides of trying to publish too early? [M]ore specifically, I'm an incoming first year phd student at a top program and I have... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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 4 days 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 5 days ago 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 Jul 31, 2020 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 Jul 30, 2020 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 Jul 30, 2020 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 Jul 29, 2020 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 Jul 28, 2020 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