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  1. Would you guys mind elaborating a bit? Awaken me from my dogmatic slumbers.
  2. Hello bookofletters, I hate to be a Hume here--but you should be aware that, generally speaking, there is a bias against the philosophy of religion in the philosophical community at large. This is unfortunate, because I think philosophy of religion is the greatest! I want it to be an AOS. What is my evidence, you ask? Professors and my own experience (I do not deny that my sample size is limited, however). Regarding professors: I wanted to write my thesis on the problem of evil, and, even among the theistic philosophers at my department, I was advised against it. One profes
  3. Congrats on your acceptance! I have not applied yet, but will probably apply to on-campus housing. Based on my research, all furnished apartments in the College Station area are around the same price. Nearly all (significantly) cheaper apartments are unfurnished. Some people I have spoken with recommend looking at apartments in Bryan, which is close to College Station. Apartments there tend to be slightly cheaper, but if you figure in driving and dealing with traffic it seems to me to even out. I hope this helps.
  4. Hello everyone! I'll be moving to College Station this fall. Does anyone have any recommended apartments? Any apartments I should stay away from? I'm currently leaning towards graduate housing in The Gardens. Has anyone on here lived there? How was your experience? I appreciate any help you have to offer!
  5. I'll be the cranky looking bearded white guy with glasses. That should be enough to separate me from everyone else. Right?
  6. Amen brother! I've had a string of bad roommate situations.
  7. I have declined my MA offer from Virginia Tech. I hope this helps someone. (Do they even do a waitlist?)
  8. I've been accepted into Texas A&M's MA program in philosophy. Will gladly be accepting!
  9. Does anyone have any information on Texas A&M? I'm on the waitlist for their MA program and would appreciate any information if you have it!
  10. From what I can tell, Virginia Tech usually offers a mixture of both. http://www.phil.vt.edu/courses/fall_2016_coursedescriptions_GRAD.pdf For example, this fall they'll be offering advanced introductions to the philosophy of mind and the philosophy of language. However, they'll also be offering a seminar on David Hume's political philosophy and how it was influenced by Adam Smith. I suppose we can compare survey courses and seminars on particular topics to swimming in a pool. I prefer to start at the shallow end, dip my big toe in the water and make sure it isn't too cold (i.e., sur
  11. I've taken a few Spanish classes. Reading I found to be quite easy, but speaking Spanish was tough for me. However, I should note that I probably wasn't studying as hard as I should have.
  12. No. But thanks for deciding before the 15th!
  13. Thanks for the suggestions everyone! I suppose the short answer is: It varies, based in part on the language and the way one learns.
  14. I have a question for you historians of philosophy: How did you acquire reading knowledge of a foreign language? Did you take a class? If so, which one(s)? Did you study the language on your own? If so, which books did you buy and/or self-teaching services did you use? I will begin pursuing a terminal MA this fall, and my main interests are in the history of philosophy. I like it all, but if I had to specify, I would choose early modern philosophy as an AOS. One conspicuous weak spot in my CV is a lack of reading knowledge of the four main languages historians of philosophy need to know.
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