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    2017 Fall
  1. Acceptance Thread

    Nice! I don't know their department too well, but Beiser is awesome
  2. FYI: Wrathall recently accepted a position at Oxford, so will no longer be at UCR.
  3. Acceptance Thread

    Congrats! Are you going to accept either of them?
  4. Venting Thread

    I think this is because the expectation is that you would apply to other phd programs at different schools.
  5. Weaknesses in Application

    While being impossible to know for sure, the main thing I would consider in terms of reapplying is the suitability of the writing sample. Unless your sample is at the level where you can publish it in a well-regarded journal, it can always be improved. Also, even a great writing sample may not be a good fit with the department's specific interests or approaches. Some questions to consider in terms of the writing sample: Is it clearly written, so that someone with a basic philosophy background could follow? It is structured with a clear argument that develops? Is the paper interesting? Is it important? Does the paper demonstrate ability to engage with difficult philosophical subjects at a high level of analysis (i.e. does it demonstrate that you are able to do the work of philosophy?) If a professor at the intended school happened to see your paper in a journal or other professional context, would they keep reading? Compared to the papers in peer-reviewed publications and journals on your topic, what does your paper lack? Is this paper publishable at a professional level? If not, what is holding it back? Does the paper establish something significant for the current (think last 10 years) scholarship on this topic? Does the paper establish something significant for philosophy at large? Is the paper focused on a specific issue? Does the paper explain its terms as far as is necessary? Does the paper demonstrate familiarity with relevant philosophical history? Does the paper resemble current work being done at the intended school, both in terms of method and subject? Does the paper demonstrate a high level of competence with current scholarship and relevant secondary literature? Can the paper easily be identified as philosophy, rather than, for example, literary criticism, history, textual exegesis, or applied theory? Does the length and structure of the paper closely match the scope of its thesis? Does the paper demonstrate the ability for professional scholarship? ... Some of the questions are a bit silly, and very few papers will meet all of those standards (those that do will do so in different ways), but this is (as far as I can tell, and based on my limited experience) the kind of standard you should be shooting for.
  6. critique my school list (applying next fall)

    Ok, this is good to know, as Protevi would be the main reason for applying there.
  7. critique my school list (applying next fall)

    This is helpful, as I basically have no sense at all of Canadian school rankings (or, more importantly, quality). Are there any Canadian MA programs that you would recommend looking at, besides McMaster and McGill? Yeah, thank you for the advice. The idea is that I can start broad and then narrow down the list to somewhere between 12-18 programs (including MAs). Already, for example, based on more investigation, a few schools even at the top will likely be taken off due to lack of fit, including, for example, UCR, Columbia, and Georgetown. And I've also removed Kingston and Warwick for now, just because of lack of funding. In terms of the question "if you were rejected form all schools but that one, would you go there?", the answer is 'yes' to nearly all of them—I don't have any specific career plans after graduating, and I would be happy to attend a (funded) grad program even if it was a "waste" or never turned into a career. That said, given the choice between a funded or inexpensive (e.g. Leuven) high quality MA and a lower-end/unranked PhD, I think I would prefer the MA. The other factor to consider is fit, which is pretty difficult to determine. In terms of topics or 'continental' focus, for example, Oregon is a good "fit," though when I look at their grad courses online, most of the subjects (or rather, the way in which the subjects are discussed) don't seem to fit what I am interested in (not to take anything away from that program). On the other hand, a place like UCR seems to fit the way I like philosophy to be done, but doesn't have as great of a fit in the sense that no one there is especially interested in French philosophy. Overall, aside from a few programs that fit both (e.g. Chicago), the best option so far seems to be Canadian or European MA programs, which would likely open up more options and give me a stronger basis to work from.
  8. critique my school list (applying next fall)

    This looks really great. I think I would definitely be interested in applying, but it states the following about admissions: Academic prerequisitesNormally, students will be expected to hold a BA in Philosophy and to have completed the first year of a MA program (60 ECTS). Students who do not have a major in Philosophy or have validated less than 60 ECTS in a MA program may be accepted on the condition that they take a certain number of supplementary courses (in French) in our BA and MA programs. I don't have a year in a MA program, yet, and I wouldn't be fluent in French enough to take supplementary courses. I may email them to see if this is a hard requirement, though, and it could also be possible to apply after a year at another MA program (such as Leuven).
  9. critique my school list (applying next fall)

    There is definitely some overlap, so this is good advice, thanks.
  10. critique my school list (applying next fall)

    Thanks, this is super helpful information!
  11. critique my school list (applying next fall)

    True, but I'm not fluent in French and am not sure what English-speaking options there would be. Also I'm not sure if there would be funding. Any suggestions on where to look or how to find options?
  12. critique my school list (applying next fall)

    Thanks! I will definitely add this to the list.
  13. critique my school list (applying next fall)

    I haven't considered these, I will look into this. Yeah, the categories are primarily based on trying to decipher placement info, and "safe" schools should only be understood as 'slight safer' than the schools at the very top. But it is good to know that they only have 2 funded spots. I have secondary interests in Heidegger, Hegel, and Schelling on the German side of things, but I'm more (comparatively) familiar in the French side. So I will definitely keep that in mind, thanks.
  14. Hi, so I will be applying this fall to programs. My main interest is in Deleuze though I have a fairly good analytic background as well. Any suggestions of schools I should include or take off? I would prefer that each school have at least one person with AOS in French philosophy, though if they are strong elsewhere or seem like they could be a good fit then it's not needed. My GPA is not amazing (3.6 cumulative, 3.9 major), but everything else should be strong enough. I'm trying to create a large enough range to avoid a complete shutout—at the same time it's hard to know whether some of the lower-end programs would really be worth it over a master's. Anyway, just checking if there's anyone with similar interests that may have some thoughts. This is the current (extremely tentative) list I'm working with: Reach University of Chicago Columbia Georgetown Villanova Stony Brook Midrange Penn State DePaul Stony Brook Boston College UC Riverside Safer Purdue Loyola University Chicago University of Oregon University of New Mexico Masters Toronto Brock Warwick Georgia State Kingston LSU Total: 20