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    Metaphysics, Politics, Zizek, Badiou, Hegel, Freud, Lacan
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    CRMEP-Philosophy, Kingston University

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  1. Thanks guys, this is all really helpful. I apperciate it!
  2. Hey all, I am half way through my PhD in Philosophy. I had a discussion with my PhD advisor several days ago, and his opinion is that PhD students should wait years until they decide to send any material off to journals for publication. His view is that it's better to wait until you have had years of study to distill your work into top-quality material before you submit anything. He said "bad publications are worse than no publications," and that "once you publish something it is out there forever." This seems a bit out of touch and dated advice, in my view. I understand his point about
  3. Thank you, that's actually a good idea. I will give it a try.
  4. Hi, I am a 1st year PhD in philosophy. I recently met with my advisor to discuss my research topic after I had submitted a proposal document to him. One of the things he mentioned was that (based of this said document), I needed to ensure that my writing was at the PhD level. Now, content aside, I was wondering if there are any helpful writing manuals for students working on a dissertation? How do I go about learning what constitutes 'PhD level writing'? After my meeting I picked up a copy of 'A Manual for Writers,' the famous Kate L. Turabian guide, and it is useful but I am wondering if an
  5. Any new graduate students excited about attending Kingston U in London, England?
  6. Hello! I'm starting this thread for those of you who will be attending Kingston U in the fall of 2014. Personally, I will be starting my PhD degree at the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy there. As an international student who will be relocating to England, I am looking for possible roommates. I am going to try to live in Kingston, to cut down the cost of having to commute to campus. Anyone else looking for roommates?
  7. So I have a phone interview for a PhD program coming up. While I have secured letters of reference, my MA advisor has refused to write on my behalf. This fact is vaguely mentioned in one of the letters, but I am wondering if I ought to mention it in the upcoming interview? I figure that if I put things into context, then the admin committee won't be surprised when they see that my ex advisor is absent. Thoughts?
  8. So here is the rough draft of my SOP. I have already completed a M.A. degree in philosophy and am applying to M.A. programs in Political Science. I am interested in applying for 1-year M.A. programs, preferably course-work based, or with an MRP (I already wrote an M.A. thesis once). The main three points I have tried to hit are: i) How the M.A. degree in philosophy is an asset to me as a applicant (i.e., how it's useful). ii) How the M.A. program I am applying to will improve my academic training and further develop my education. iii) How the M.A. program I am applying to will provide
  9. I am preparing my applications for my 2nd M.A., this time in Political Science. I just completed an M.A. in philosophy. I am mainly looking into 1-year M.A. programs, preferably course-based. My LOR are okay, and my grades are decent, but I was just wondering what the admissions in like for someone like myself who already has a Master's degree? I realize that the majority of applicants will be B.A.s, but will my M.A. be seen as an asset or a hinderance to my application (I realize this is a very general question and that it depends on a number of contingent factors such as the admissions commi
  10. So I recently sent in an abstract for a proposed article to an online, peer-reviewed journal, in philosophy. I answered a call for papers posting. My abstract was accepted and the article itself is due on Dec 1. I just have a question regarding the procedure of journals: Can the editorial board still reject my article after they have reviewed it, or will they most likely work to get my article published now that they have accepted the abstract?
  11. Whoa, rising_star what's with this the intense hostility? I know for a fact that the majority of MA/PhD students under the supervision of my ex-advisor have taken longer than others in my Department to finish. There were two other MA students who, like me, finished in their 3rd year, rather than their 2nd, all under the same supervisor. The argument that I will take longer than most to finish a PhD because I took longer in my MA assumes that I will make the same mistakes and simply repeat the past (i.e., choosing a difficult topic, not research advisors prior to selecting on, etc). I believe
  12. Yes I do acknowledge that I made many mistakes that resulted in taking an extra year to finish my degree. But this isn't an anomaly, lots of grad students take longer than they are funded for to finish, especially at the PhD level. The average # of years is somewhere between 6-8 years, when most PhD program are supposed to be 3-4 years. So this whole "you took too long" isn't convincing to me.
  13. So here's an interesting development. I have just learned from a former PhD student of my Dept. (now a Dr.), that my former advisor has had a bit of a track record of 'failing' MA students by being unsupportive and refusing to recommend them to PhD programs. Apparently the last guy this happened to managed to get LOR from other professionals who did value his work and he got accepted into a PhD program in philosophy. While this doesn't change the fact that I don't have a LOR from my advisor, it does boost my confidence a bit to know that I wasn't the first student that my advisor has done
  14. I will be taking time off, that's a sure thing. I do understand the severity of not having LOR from my advisor or 2nd reader, and so if I do eventually decide to pursue a PhD degree, I need to lay down the groundwork, and plan it very carefully. It's something that will require a year or so of hard work and networking. It's very discouraging. It would be all too easy for me to quit my dreams of getting a PhD and just work dead-end office jobs. Right now, the thought of doing anything else besides a PhD in philosophy doesn't seem appealing or satisfying in the least. Philosophy is something
  15. Thank you all for the feedback. Your input has both informed my thinking and helped me through this very stressful crisis. It's never easy trying to re-evaluate your life goals. At the end of the day, philosophy is my passion. I will figure something out.
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