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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 3 days ago 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 7 days ago at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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
This story, by Rachel Williams, is simply entitled "A PhD in philosophy was not worth it". The title reflects the contents well. The story's familiar, but that does not make it less sad: Rachel Williams writes about the disillusionment, lost opportunities, low wages, and a profession that looks increasingly hostile... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2019 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
This is a guest post by John Protevi, Louisiana State University This post has two sections. In the first, I take a wide view at employment practices in philosophy departments in American higher education. In the second, taking that analysis in hand, I offer some advice to people considering entering... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2019 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
This is a guest post by Donovan Schaefer, University of Pennsylvania I’ve always thought writing was strange, and writing a book is the strangest of all. A book project is like building a little planet of words from scratch. It’s disorienting and exhilarating at once. Common sense says that writing... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2019 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
This is a guest post by Fiona Ellis, University of Roehampton, London There’s no one way of planning and writing a book (whether philosophy or otherwise), and much of it has to do with temperament. Some people like to map everything out in advance (Iris Murdoch), others make it up... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2019 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
This is a guest post by Neil Levy, Senior research fellow at the University of Oxford I’ve published a lot of articles – more than 200. So it seems like I should have some tips worth sharing on how to write them. I’m not sure I do. I thought of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2019 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
Guest post by Anna Welpinghus, Technical University Dortmund Over the last years, I have occasionally been struggling with writer’s block. It looks like this: I have an unfinished manuscript that I cannot bring myself to complete. When I work on it, I look at one of the many unfinished sections,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2019 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
Averageness is a statistical concept, but often it becomes a normative one. Once you establish a bell curve, you can start looking for the exceptional and unusual, as for example Galton's quest for "nature's preeminently nobles" in eugenics, and this becomes the new norm. In academia, averageness is bad. We... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2019 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
Guest post by Carl Sachs, Marymount University My graduate school mentor once said that one’s academic career is shaped like an hour-glass: one’s interest grows increasingly narrow as one progresses through graduate school, then broadens slowly afterwards. (Writing a dissertation is the neck, which is why it is so emotionally... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2019 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
This is a guest contribution by Richard Pettigrew, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Bristol for our series How Philosophers Write: Stephen Hawking speculated that every formula he included in A Brief History of Time would cut its readership in half. In the end, he included only one, E... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2019 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
I've been teaching a course on experimental philosophy to third-year undergraduates at Oxford Brookes University. The course is a mix of teaching the basics about statistical thinking and using statistical methods, and an introduction to experimental philosophy as an approach to answer philosophical queestions. Of all the courses I am... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2019 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
This is the first instalment of our new series How Philosophers Write, a series aimed at demystifying the writing process of how we write publishable works. It is not meant to be universal advice, but rather meant as a series of very personal accounts. Through these accounts, we hope that... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2019 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
A guest post by Ian James Kidd, University of Nottingham Some years ago, a then-colleague would occasionally spot me sitting working in a coffee shop and join me to chat. Sometimes, he would ask about whichever paper I was writing, and often offer to take a look. After reading the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2019 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
This is a guest post by Kevin Timpe, Jellema Chair of Christian Philosophy at Calvin College My writing a post on how to say ‘no’ is roughly like my writing a post on how to drink less coffee. In some ways, I'm the last person that should do it given... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2019 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
This is a guest post by Matt Drabek, which originally appeared here. Source: Dnalor 01 ( Some of you probably know I have some experience with leaving academia. It’s a gradual process. I started having doubts about an academic career around 2010 or 2011. When I went on the job... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2019 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
I expect that not many readers of this blog will have heard of Professor Etienne Vermeersch, a philosophy professor who died recently, aged 84. But he was what one would call world-famous in Flanders, the part of Belgium where I grew up and studied as an undergraduate. I took his... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2019 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
Guest post by Eric Schwizgebel, University of California, Riverside, reprinted from Eric's personal blog the splintered mind. Followers of this blog will recall my post from October 30, where I solicited ideas about a "Kindness Assignment" for my lower-division philosophy class "Evil". The assignment was to perform ninety minutes of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2019 at The Philosophers' Cocoon