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Thank you all for the feedback. This was done with the intention of giving graduate students more information about the climate of graduate departments, but these concerns do seem to raise very serious worries about the methodology and the usefulness of any potential results. We tried to balance the concerns of retaliation from departments with the benefits of having an understanding for how graduate students feel about their departments, but many of the concerns raised here seem valid. For what it's worth, we were not intending to rank departments and not intending to compare them to each other. We weren't trying to villify certain departments, or anything of the sort. We've suspended the survey accepting results and will likely take it down.
A couple of weeks ago, a blog post titled “I’ll Admit It: I Loved Graduate School” was making the rounds on social media. It’s written by David Hillis, Professor of Integrative Biology at UT-Austin, about his own positive experiences in graduate school. He notes that many of the blog posts... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2013 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
I'd like to issue another CFP for the Gateway Graduate Conference for 2014. The poster is available here (I won't repost the huge image again). The conference is from March 14-16, and the topic is "Group Relations". This includes papers that would fit under social epistemology, political philosophy, metaphysics, and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2013 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
Over at the Smoker, there is a great post up about the anxiety surrounding the job market. Mr. Zero points out that every year, he gets hopeful about a certain job opportunity only to have his hopes dashed by the long odds of securing a job. He makes the point... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2013 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
Moti recently announced his forthcoming paper, titled "The Problem of Natural Inequality: A New Problem of Evil". I thought I would point readers to a worthwhile discussion of his paper that John Danaher is working through at his blog. Here is part one, and part two. Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2013 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
Over the summer, I was hoping to read a few biographies on famous historical philosophers. Looking for suggestions from fellow Cocooners - what are your favorite works on the lives of philosophers? Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2013 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
There is a post up at Philosophy Smoker where 'zombie' remarks about post-doc opportunities. In a remark about the positives of their post-doc experience, zombie says "My grad program wasn't so hot on mentoring. My post doc PI was awesome as a mentor, and took that role very seriously." That... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2013 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
This is a pretty neat undergraduate online conference that I am participating in, along with Marcus (and perhaps other contributors, apologies if I missed anyone). Russ Shafer-Landau is the keynote, and gives a talk in defenese of marriage equality. EDIT: Thank you to David Killoren for organizing! Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2013 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
I've been reading a fair amount of Epicurus lately, and it struck me that I hadn't really encountered Epicurus in many of my classes. When I did, his work was only briefly looked at in between the more popular ancients. It seems to me that Epicurus was on the right... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2013 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
I'm in my first year of an MA program at University of Missouri, St. Louis. I know that, for my own sake and many of the others in my cohort, the MA program serves as a way of helping those coming from smaller, lesser known programs in preparation for applying to PhD programs. Without going into specifics, the funding that I get is roughly equivalent to the figures mentioned by Anon1956. One other reason for the many MA students is that it serves as a "test-run" of life as a PhD student. A PhD takes considerably longer to complete than an MA, and for those who are unsure about whether or not they would like to do this for a living (not me, but explains some others in my cohort), an MA was a good way of gauging their level of interest in continuing on.
Brit Brogaard (website) is a Professor of Philosophy at UMSL, where I am a graduate student. She has been fantastically helpful during my time here, and agreed to let me share a discussion between us about research strategies. MD: Hi Brit, thanks for agreeing to do this. Recently, we've been... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2013 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
I've enjoyed all of the content on this blog, but those posts which have been particularly helpful have been those in which the author wrote about a personal experience in philosophy, or their lives as philosophers in general. Marcus has a few fantastic posts (see here, here, and here), and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2013 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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