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This is our fourth installment of The Cocoon Goes Global, a series of posts on what it's like to work as an academic philosopher in countries outside the anglophone west. This is a guest post by Ignacio Silva, Research Fellow at the Philosophy Institute, Universidad Austral in Buenos Aires, Argentina.... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Philosophers' Cocoon
This is a guest post for our Unusual Teaching Ideas series, by Sophie Horowitz (UMass, Amherst) I teach at UMass, Amherst, and one of my regular classes is a large section of Medical Ethics (100-200 students, 3 TAs). After a couple of semesters of teaching the class, I realized that... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The Philosophers' Cocoon
This is our third installment of The Cocoon Goes Global, a series of posts on what it's like to work as an academic philosopher in countries outside the anglophone west. This is a guest post by Santiago Amaya is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Universidad de los Andes in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2019 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
This is a guest post by Mary-Beth Willard, Weber State University As I thought about Jason Brennan’s post on work-life balance, I realized that while I agreed with most of it, I was doing the automatic mental translations I always do when R1 people write advice aimed at more general... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2019 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
This is the second installment of The Cocoon Goes Global, a look at what it's like to be a philosopher in countries outside the anglophone west. This is a guest post by Ada Agada, faculty member at The Conversational School of Philosophy, University of Calabar, Nigeria (read more about the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2019 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
This is a guest post by Jason Brennan, Georgetown University. I have a dirty secret: I generally work under 40 hours a week. Despite that, I made full professor at age 38, publish a bunch, and receive great merit evaluations every year. I also am actively involved with my kids,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2019 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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Updated: comments now open! We are excited to start a new series on the Cocoon entitled The Cocoon Goes Global, where we will host guest posts by philosophers who work in countries that are outside of the anglophone western world. We will feature philosophers who work in places such as... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2019 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
This is a guest post by Adriel M. Trott, Department Chair at Wabash College. I grew up working class. One sign of my having grown up working class is that I don’t think it is a badge of honor. In the academy, it is generally something I hide. I’m writing... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2019 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
This is a guest post by Jonathan Tallant, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Nottingham. There is no one right way to write a short philosophy paper; one need only read the journals that publish them to appreciate that. What I’ll do here is say a little bit about... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2019 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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I recently attended the workshop Rethinking formal methods in philosophy (RFMP) at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. It was organized by Samuel Fletcher and Nathan Lackey. The topic of this conference was unusual and exciting, asking deep metaphilosophical questions about how formal methods might contribute to philosophy, and what place... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2019 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
This guest post by David McCarthy discusses how to respond to an invitation to revise and resubmit from a leading philosophical journal. David McCarthy works on ethics and epistemology, and teaches at the University of Hong Kong. Note: the present version, in the spirit of this article, is a revised... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2019 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
This is a guest post by Rebecca Kukla, Professor of Philosophy at Georgetown University I have severe anxiety disorder that often incapacitates me. Often, my anxiety builds up around particular writing projects and professional tasks, for whatever reason. At the same time, while I often finish things much later than... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2019 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
Kevin J.S. Zollman is an associate professor and director of graduate studies at Carnegie Mellon University. His research is on the application of mathematical models to social behavior, and he is author of the popular book The Game Theorist’s Guide to Parenting. When I was a kid growing up in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2019 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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This is a guest contribution by Eric Schliesser, Professor at the University of Amsterdam and blogger at https://digressionsnimpressions.typepad.com/ where this post will be simultaneously posted. The blogpost is a contribution for our series Once Out of the Cocoon, which aims to provide support for midcareer academics in terms of time... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2019 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
This guest post is by John Greco, currently Leonard and Elizabeth Eslick Chair in Philosophy at Saint Louis University, and soon in McDevitt Chair in Philosophy at Georgetown University I am sure that there will be varying opinions about how to write a referee report. In keeping with the spirit... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2019 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
Posted Jul 3, 2019 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
There are many ways to write a paper. Philosophy would be boring if that weren't the case. Still, I want to register a worry about what I think is an unproductive trend in how people write papers, that is, the increased tendency to "referee-proof" them, addressing all sorts of worries... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2019 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
Guest post by John Wilkins, University of Melbourne I wanted to be a philosopher from my youth, but I was not able to get my PhD until my late 40s. I used to joke that my full-time employment in publishing was supporting my philosophy habit. This meant my chances of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2019 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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I've now finished my final drawing for a book under contract with OUP entitled Philosophy Illustrated, which fill feature line drawings of 42 thought experiments, and reflections written by experts. What can make a visual artwork philosophical? By now, it is becoming increasingly well-established that fiction can be philosophical. Lots... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2019 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
By Louise Pedersen, University of Utah I am a fifth-year graduate student at the University of Utah. During the Fall ’19 and Spring ’20 semesters I taught an upper-level undergraduate course titled “Philosophical Issues in Feminism: Lessons from Beyoncé’s Lemonade.” During the first week of class, the students watched Lemonade,... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2019 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
This is a guest post by Kate Norlock, Trent University. Thanks to Helen De Cruz for encouraging me to write about my favorite assignment for this series. I am not the only professor who assigns a “Reflective Practice Exercise” of some sort, so I’m not sure this qualifies as unusual.... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2019 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
This is a guest post by Jason Brennan, Georgetown University I work in a PPE-style department at Georgetown’s business school. I generally teach 2 preps a year, one traditional PPE-style course and one applied business ethics course on a particular subject (such as business and the environment, or social business... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2019 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
This instalment of our series on how to write philosophy will be devoted to how to continue when you are stuck on a project. Continuing to write isn't a matter of willpower or perseverance. It's a matter of setting modest expectations, being kind to yourself, and not let the technicalities... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2019 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
Feminist Philosophers is closing down. I'm sad to see yet another blog go. It played such an important role for me when I was an early career scholar, a postdoc with little job security navigating an uncertain environment. For me as for many other people, Feminist Philosophers was an authoritative... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2019 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
This is a guest post by Jon Robson, University of Nottingham for our series How to Write Philosophy. Rejection is a big part of academic life. By far the most likely response to any job application, funding bid or journal submission is rejection. Here, I offer some thoughts on a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2019 at The Philosophers' Cocoon