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  1. 2018 Philosophy Applicants, Assemble!

    It's hard to say for sure. However, if your writing sample was less than stellar, then that was likely the most detrimental factor. For this round, making your sample as strong as it can be should be your first priority. It may, simply because you'll likely be competing against a relatively small pool of applicants. This is a somewhat controversial issue. My own opinion (which seems to be more or less in line with the majority opinion) is that the GRE is the least important part of your application. However, that doesn't mean that it's unimportant. The scores you have now will likely hurt you to some extent, and so I would encourage you to retake, if it's at all an option. That said, some people on here have claimed that continental-leaning programs don't place quite as much emphasis on the GRE. While that's plausible, I haven't seen any evidence supporting it. I would advise against this. I can't seen it helping all that much, and it might come off as brown-nosing. Generally, no. If you've been doing anything related to philosophy, then you might include that in your application. As for a professional resume, I wouldn't include it; include a CV instead. As for general advice, again, focus on the writing sample: it's the single most important part of your application. Good luck!
  2. Publishing - Strategies, resources, etc.

    I believe that most papers published in edited volumes are invited. So, unless you already have a strong reputation (or helpful connections) in your field, chances are you won't have the option to publish in an edited collection. That said, one nice aspect of publishing in edited collections is that, in general, your chances of acceptance are quite high, should you receive that initial invite.
  3. GPA and GRE

    Here you are: Also, here is the section of Eric Schwitzgebel's guide that discusses the GRE: To be sure, it helps to have good GRE scores. But having good GRE scores is nether necessary nor sufficient for admission. Less-than-great GRE scores can be outweighed by other, more important parts of the application, especially the writing sample. Thus, I would encourage the OP, if s/he is indeed set on undertaking graduate study in philosophy, to focus on writing an excellent sample. If s/he can do so, s/he will have a shot.
  4. GPA and GRE

    Take a look at the admissions results page. There are plenty of people who had worse GRE scores than the OP, and yet were admitted to PGR-ranked programs. Moreover, it's widely agreed on this forum that the GRE is the least important part of one's application -- far less important than one's writing sample and letters of recommendation. (This is also the view of every professor to whom I've talked -- serveral of whom are at top-15 programs). And finally, the OP's GPA is not terrible. Hence, s/he has a reasonable shot at acceptance to a PGR-ranked program, provided the other elements of her/his application are strong.
  5. GPA and GRE

    GPA and GRE are not great indicators of one's admission prospects. That said, your verbal score may hurt you slightly, and it would be worthwhile to improve your grad GPA. Nonetheless, contrary to the above comment, you still have a reasonable chance of admission to a PGR-ranked program, provided the other parts of your application are strong.
  6. Boston University/Georgia State MA/JD?

    If you want to land a job at a law school, then you should not get your JD from either of those schools. Law hiring is extremely prestige sensitive. T14 might even be aiming too low; Harvard, Stanford, and Yale are the only law schools that offer graduates a decent chance at legal academia.
  7. 2018 Philosophy Applicants, Assemble!

    This is a bit harsh. ThePeon, you likely have a better chance of getting into a respectable program than this comment would suggest, especially if you produce a stellar writing sample. That said, I agree that focusing your applications on MA programs would be wise. However, it couldn't hurt to apply to a couple of PhD programs as well.
  8. Acceptance Thread

    Not to be a downer, but it's worth considering that those students may have just picked up an MA along the way.
  9. $150 seems low. That would not even cover a flight (presuming you'll need to fly), much less accommodations while you're there. I think it would be reasonable to ask (nicely) for more.
  10. Rejection Thread

    To echo what Ibycus said above, judging from what you say here, it's unlikely that your stated research interests were vague enough as to hurt your chances of admission. In fact, I think (and I've heard this from several professors) that being too specific with respect to one's interests actually hurts one's chances of admission. This is so for two reasons. First, programs are looking to produce philosophers––they're looking to shape their students' interests and ways of doing philosophy. If you indicate that your interests are more or less fixed, this may suggest to an admissions committee that you may be less receptive to their molding/guidance/indoctrination. You're applying to be a student, not just a researcher. Second, I think indicating that your interests are more or less fixed on a specific area reflects a certain lack of humility, as least with respect to applicants who are applying straight from undergrad. After all, if you only have your undergraduate degree, then you have in all likelihood only scratched the surface of the discipline. If so, then how could you know that you're only interested in area x when you've never come in to contact with areas y and z? This second point presumably doesn't apply as much to applicants who possess an MA. My point, then, is that you probably did nothing wrong with respect to your personal statement. I hope you get an acceptance from that last school! If not, keep plugging away at that writing sample, if you're inclined to try again next year.
  11. I can't imagine AW matters much. They'll have your writing sample, so they'll presumably judge your writing ability based on that.
  12. What will happen to me!?

    I think your AOI might make a difference. If you want to do, say, Ancient, then your quantitive score may not matter much. By contrast, if you want become a logician, then your quantitive score would plausibly have more of an impact.
  13. Option 1 is probably best. That said, don't force it: if the argument doesn't require, say, another six pages or so, then you shouldn't expand it just for the sake of making it longer. Doing so would likely result in an unfocused, tedious paper.
  14. Mid-Low Tier Philosophy of Mind Programs

    A heads up: Bill Lycan is pretty close to retirement, if not already retired.
  15. Sample Format

    I agree that it doesn't need to be double-spaced. I suppose your formatting choice, to some extent, will depend on how long your paper is. If it's on the long side, perhaps single-spacing is okay.