Duns Eith

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  1. MA programs for applicants w/o phil background

    By "no philosophy background", do you mean that you don't have any philosophy courses whatsoever? Some might have a requirement like critical thinking or intro to logic. Of course, they might make them entrance requirements you can fulfill in the first year of your program, but you might wanna look at their specific admissions requirements.
  2. To give some names: UPenn, UI Urbana-Champaign, Purdue, SUNY Buffalo, etc. all let you transfer. I am confident there are more.
  3. Many programs allow you (but do not encourage you) to transfer classes, saving coursework and tuition dollars, effectively shortening your time in the program. The program I am in allows for 30 credits (two years) to be transferred. I would encourage or discourage that route depending entirely on the program and the applicant's preparedness. Many programs say they will reduce your funding commensurate with how many credits you transfer; some programs are so well funded and reputed that there is no reason to "hurry" through the program. It is generally a good idea to develop rapport with profs rather than finish asap.
  4. Letters of rec - how late is too late?

    Talk to your recommender. They might have forgotten, and even if they didn't they are on the hook to get it in. One of my recommenders emailed the DGS to apologize and explain that he wishes that it not reflect poorly on the applicant.
  5. 2018 Philosophy Applicants, Assemble!

    I wrote a thank-you card and bought a high quality mug with the logo of the school I will enroll in for each of them.
  6. BPhil in Oxford without a 1st: should I apply?

    Most users are from US/Canada, but we have enough users from UK, Australia, NZ, etc. to not ignore a UK system question (as yours was explicitly). That said, I think the advice was sufficiently sensitive to your question.
  7. MA, PHD School Targets and Expectations (Needing Advice)

    Don't pay for an MA in humanities, especially philosophy, unless you are wealthy and do it merely for self improvement. Do not do it for the PhD placement. The "top" (i.e. PGR, blech) PhD programs are highly selective, accepting about 5-7 out of 300 applicants. It is a lottery.
  8. Retake GRE?

    I know someone who did worse on quantitative, pretty good on verbal (not as good as yours), and got into a funded PhD program Unranked PGR, but good reputation and good placement. Analytic school.
  9. Who should I ask for my third letter?

    @apophantic ?
  10. Who should I ask for my third letter?

    Hard advice: Go to B, and ask directly "Hey, so I am planning to apply to PhD programs in Philosophy. Would you be willing to write a letter of recommendation?" And then follow-up the answer with another question, "I need to be honest, this is in my interest to ask, would you write me a good letter? The competition is fierce." If there is some hesitation from B, then I think you should go with A as your third writer. (maybe have B only write letters where 4 or more are accepted?)
  11. Retake GRE?

    I agree with @be. An interpretation of what something one of my profs (who lurks here every now and then) told me is that the GRE can, functionally speaking, hurt (270-304), not-help-nor-hurt (305-324), or help-marginally (325-340).
  12. Retake GRE?

    You have a combined score of 330. That's super competitive. Sure, no 170v-170q, but your efforts and money are better spent on the writing sample and more applications. If you got a combined score of 310 or 315, I might recommend retaking. But again WS is waaaaaaay more important.
  13. Publishing - Strategies, resources, etc.

    Can anyone else speak to this? I mean, maybe, but that sounds like a weird criterion.
  14. Publishing - Strategies, resources, etc.

    Thanks for all the advice. I think there's more to be had. I think we should keep this thread going as people run into different problems.
  15. Conference Paper Commenting

    @maxhgns is right. Here's some recommendations to tailor according to the strengths or weaknesses of the paper: 1) If the paper is very complicated and not straightforward in structure, provide some overview of the topic and logic of argument. 2) If the paper is clear and not innovative, suggest some applications that are provocative or controversial but follow from the thesis. 3) If the author is critiquing a particular author, read those texts cited carefully and offer alternative interpretations where possible (be a sympathetic reader to provide pushback on that author's behalf, even if you disagree). That said, I would suggest that as a commentator, you have been tasked with giving the most insightful push-back you can. You are likely the only one who has read it at the conference. That means that the most vital blow or the most serious concern is ideally something that you give. The audience might not be able to critique in the depth the author needs to improve. While Maxhgns is right that you're a facilitator, you have a privilege that the audience does not. You have had the opportunity to read and reflect on the content. So give him/her the greatest obstacle to overcome -- that is, you're looking to help the author make the best paper possible out of the presentation. Don't let them off the hook for correctable errors.