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  1. This is in part due to non-philosophers having input on hiring decisions. Lots of teaching jobs, for example, will have hiring committees which are half non-philosophers. Those folks will recognise certain "brand names" like the Ivys and often act accordingly. Even for research departments, this may happen at the administrative levels (deans, etc.).
  2. It's worth noting that UNC has lost a bunch of folks recently: at the least, Dorit Bar-On, Bill Lycan and Keith Simmons. I don't know how many additional hiring lines they may have in the works, but that's a lot of people to replace if Paul goes too.
  3. I would imagine that your department wouldn't be too happy to see you spending significant amounts of time on things not directly related to your studies.
  4. You might consider your job prospects as a way to decide. I think you'd have a better shot on the job market with the program which gives you a PhD in something other than philosophy, but I'm no expert. I'd suggest checking the placement for both programs and talk to your advisors about that issue.
  5. NB: while I haven't transferred programs or tried to, I know multiple people who have. Transferring programs can be tough. Very good students (at least in my eyes) who attempt to transfer often do much worse than one would expect. There are a number of reasons this may be, but none of them really matter to the advice that I'm giving, which is to avoid transferring if possible. You may not get in anywhere, you may burn bridges, etc. Ideally, none of this would be the case, but philosophy is no more above departmental politics than any other field.
  6. In addition to what's been said: How much do you pay in fees per semester? (some schools can be really expensive) Is the department competitive? Cooperative? In between? Are graduate students part of a union? What is placement like? Not only if grads get jobs, but what kind of jobs? (this is the most important question you should ask) If anyone has left the department recently, why did they leave?
  7. They place very well, and everyone I know who went there has said it was well worth it. It's also worth noting that there's not a ton of options for MA programs which focus on logic and the philosophy of mathematics. You have MCMP, which is also heartily recommended, and CMU, but most other philosophy MA programs don't have big names who specialise in logic or philosophy of mathematics, as far as I can remember.
  8. This is awesome! I have Apology 38a (ὁ δὲ ἀνεξέταστος βίος οὐ βιωτὸς ἀνθρώπῳ) on my forearm. Yours is way more original.
  9. When I moved I used a container shipping company (it was a division of UPS). It was pretty expensive but super convenient. But I had a lot of stuff. If you don't have much stuff, then I recommend shipping the essentials via flat-rate USPS and signing up for an airline credit card to get a free (huge) bag check on every flight. Then pack everything into that bag every time you go back and forth, slowly bringing things to wherever you're going.
  10. In general mathematicians (and math departments) aren't huge on logic. Hell, look at Cohen's attitude towards logic after he finished his independence proof for a great example of this attitude.
  11. UConn has about 30 students and graduates 1-4 each year. (as far as I know - I may be a bit off, but I'm sure you could email the DGS and ask for official numbers)
  12. You may be interested in applying to UConn. We are, in my pretty biased opinion, one of the best places to work on logic in the world. We have a number of folks working on logic in the philosophy department, as well as in the maths and linguistics departments. Everyone comes together in an active interdisciplinary logic group, which you can learn about here: http://logic.uconn.edu/. You should also consider Notre Dame, which has a strong logic program across multiple departments as well. I don't know much about whether CUNY has connections between departments, but they have several logicians doing very good technical work in logic, including Joel David Hamkins, who is a professor in both maths and philosophy.
  13. Yes, I think you should still apply to your dream schools (if you can afford it). You don't want to be worrying about how things could have been. Also if you haven't considered UConn, we may be a good fit for you! If you would like some details, shoot me a PM or email me (nathan.kellen@gmail.com).
  14. Direct evidence that it isn't: UConn has two cross-appointments (Suzy Killmister, Daniel Silvermint), neither of which have a degree in the cross-appointment area.
  15. I recommend you apply to all the schools on your list, unless your advisers tell you otherwise. You don't want to be looking back on this experience and be thinking "What if I had applied to X, Y and Z as well..".
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