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I was inspired by Marcus Arvan's earlier call for strategies on how to deal with pandemic job market collapse, and I want to make some remarks on that from my perspective as placement director. Currently, I am the placement director at SLU, though all my remarks in this rather lengthy... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The Philosophers' Cocoon
This is a guest post by C. Thi Nguyen, philosophy professor at the University of Utah OK, I just survived being Program Chair of the American Society for Aesthetics Annual Conference - a huge, 4-track, 3-day conference that had to go virtual. I didn’t know it was going virtual when... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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I don't know how and when the pandemic will end, but we can be reasonably confident it will end. And in this not-too-distant future, we can ask: how will we do conferencing and seminars post-pandemic? Our present way of doing things (well, pre-2020) burns a lot of fossil fuels. An... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2020 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
This is the third installment of our series on publishing popular philosophy books, written by Tamler Sommers, University of Houston. Helen De Cruz invited me to write a post on writing for non-academic audiences in connection to my 2018 book Why Honor Matters – to give advice to early career... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2020 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
Today, I was watching Neil Gaiman's fiction writing master class, where Gaiman offers advice for how to edit your fiction. A lot of this could just as well apply to non-fiction writing. For example, Gaiman says that your first draft is for your eyes only. If you didn't leave it... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2020 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
I'm teaching a graduate course Fiction Writing for Philosophers (syllabus here, some videos on how to write fiction I made here, writing dialogue, idea, plot, governing idea, character, point of view, emotion and scene building). I designed this course to help philosophy grad students to understand that philosophy can be... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2020 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
This is a guest post by Samuel C. Rickless, University of California, San Diego, part of our series on unusual teaching ideas. I am happy to have been invited to share my experience of teaching a meaning of life course at UC San Diego. Until 2019, no course at UCSD... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2020 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In academia, it's very common to think that you could have done more: work more efficiently, work better. This perpetual guilt plagues all of us, particularly those of us on the job market, but even people with tenured positions (which Covid-19 has also made less secure). Closely related to this... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2020 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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(This is a talk I am giving to the incoming graduate students at my department). Welcome, incoming graduate students; I am so pleased you are joining us. I'm excited to see what lies ahead for you. I'm your placement director, and was asked to give a brief talk to you... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2020 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
This is the second installment of our series on publishing popular philosophy books. This is a guest post by Kevin Zollman, at Carnegie Mellon University, c0-author (with Paul Raeburn) of The Game Theorist's Guide to Parenting: How the Science of Strategic Thinking Can Help You Deal with the Toughest Negotiators... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2020 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
Have you had an obsession, or a more enduring love for a philosopher that you only know through their work? Have you felt a sense of friendship, or at any rate, a sense of fellow-feeling with philosophers in the past? I asked philosophy twitter this question, and received a range... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2020 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
Guest post by Liz Jackson, Ryerson University, reprinted from her personal website. I graduated from Notre Dame in 5 years. I finished my dissertation in my 4th year, and had 4/5 dissertation chapters published by the time I defended (Nov. of my 5th year). My 5th year, my first year... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2020 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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This is the fourth installment of our series on how to counter racism in philosophy, and as philosophers. This entry is written by Johnathan Flowers, Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Worcester State University, Worcester, Massachusetts I honestly don’t know. I don’t know how we would begin to support Black Philosophers... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2020 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
This is the twentieth installment of The Cocoon Goes Global, a series that gives a sense of what the philosophy profession looks like outside of the Anglophone West. This guest post is written by Ljiljana Radenovic, who is Associate Professor at the Department of Philosophy, University of Belgrade. Her main... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2020 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
This is the third installment of our series on how to counter racism in philosophy, and how to counter racism as philosophers. This guest post is written by Audrey Yap, Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Victoria Non-Black people of colour like me might find themselves feeling lost... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2020 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
This is the second installment of our series on how to counter racism in philosophy, and as philosophers. This entry is written by Saba Fatima, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and host of the podcast She Speaks: Academic Muslimahs One of the main reasons I decided... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2020 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
This is a first installment for a series on anti-racism in philosophy, written by guest authors. This entry is written by Alexus McLeod, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Asian/Asian American Studies at the University of Connecticut. In the wake of recent events, there has been lots of discussion on how... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2020 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
Philosophy is notable for its jargon, so it is a good exercise to try to summarize its classic works in short texts of just one syllable. The past few days philosophers have provided such summaries, as a game in pandemic times, maybe inspired by this classic paper. It also makes... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2020 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
You probably do not have the bandwidth now to deal with the question of how to appear optimally groomed for your students. Many of us face very uncertain job prospects (e.g., adjuncts, graduate students in teaching positions, people on VAPs). Many of us need to juggle homeschooling our kids, not... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2020 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
How are you feeling? If you are like me, you've been in lockdown in your house for several weeks now. Likely, your experiences are unlike anything you've felt before. Because of the ubiquity of your experiences--weird as they are--they seem too banal to write down. Yet, it's important to do... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2020 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
Right now, lots of academics are struggling with doing research. The Covid-19 pandemic has ushered in a host of adverse circumstances including fear, job uncertainty, job loss for some of us (especially on fixed-term contracts), a gloomy academic market outlook for grad students and others on the market, a makeshift... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2020 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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This is a guest post by Audrey Yap, Department of Philosophy, University of Victoria, on how, and whether to incorporate Covid-19 material in their classes. At this particular time, when many course instructors are transitioning, or preparing to transition, to different kinds of instruction amid a global pandemic, many of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2020 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
I realize lots of things are uncertain now, but I am curious about what is happening to conferences you would normally be speaking at, or that you are (co)organizing that were scheduled for the spring of 2020. I am co-organizing a conference at Saint Louis University for June 22-23 2020... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2020 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
This is a guest post by Eric Steinhart, William Paterson University Most of us are acutely aware of the extreme impact of the virus on our teaching (it’s SARS-CoV-2, but I’ll just call it the virus). We’ve been suddenly forced to move our entire teaching loads into new formats very... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2020 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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This is a guest post by Johnathan Flowers, Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Worcester State University, Worcester, Massachusetts It is my view that online teaching should always be informed by infrastructure limitations of our learning management systems (LMS) and our institutions. By infrastructure limitations, I mean both the physical infrastructure,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2020 at The Philosophers' Cocoon