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Rose-Colored Beetle

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    New York City
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    Philosophy of Language, Hermeneutics, Philosophy of Religion, Ancient Philosophy, Wittgenstein
  • Application Season
    2018 Fall
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    Philosophy

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  1. Rose-Colored Beetle

    Chance of Getting into Philsophy Grad School

    I agree, and any worry you should have about GPA can be mitigated if your major GPA is higher.
  2. Rose-Colored Beetle

    Waitlists

    Our former chair at Fordham had a strong aversion to the PGR, and (at least according to my memory of a conversation I had with one faculty member) we have in the past, for that reason, not consented to be ranked. Caveat, I haven't run this down to apodictic certainty. One treads lightly in such things...
  3. Rose-Colored Beetle

    Waitlists

    I don't have a percentage, but given that schools want to admit a balance of people, I wouldn't be surprised if you're behind many of the same people in your own AOI at many of the schools. I asked my friend, and he said more or less that if you're WL'd at the top school in your AOI (or even the top 1-3), your odds aren't good, but it would make sense that if you're also WL'd at a couple top ones that aren't #1-3 in your AOI, then the people you're behind there will decline and accept spots in #1-3. It also will depend on how broad your AOI is (i.e., if it's broader, this effect might be less extreme). In any case, good luck! What's your AOI?
  4. Rose-Colored Beetle

    Waitlists

    A friend of mine (not on TGC) reports 0 acceptances and 7 waitlists at PGR top-50 schools, including Michigan.
  5. Rose-Colored Beetle

    Rejections

    Yikes... necessary and sufficient conditions and everything. I always thought that analytics were the happiest philosophers because they kept philosophical method out of their personal lives, but this... I'm shook
  6. Rose-Colored Beetle

    Is it true that Harvard only has space for 2 spots in the 2019 cycle?

    No, but I was last year. I ate with Dr. Berker at the NYC-China Epistemology Conference which Fordham hosted last year.
  7. Rose-Colored Beetle

    Is it true that Harvard only has space for 2 spots in the 2019 cycle?

    I posted this in another thread, but Selim Berker told me in person that (roughly) they're considering shaving cohort size down. I think the numbers he referenced were higher than 2, though.
  8. Rose-Colored Beetle

    Some Questions from a Phil Outsider

    Oh, and as for the analytic/continental distinction, here's my take: analytics are philosophers who deny that there's an analytic/continental distinction. Continentals are those who affirm it.
  9. Rose-Colored Beetle

    Some Questions from a Phil Outsider

    Hey @Theoryboi, I'm friends with one of the faculty at LMU. Do you want me to put you in touch? Specific to my situation, we have people at Fordham who you could easily work with: faculty who work on Derrida and Nietzsche, and come fall we'll probably have hired a Foucauldian. One of my colleagues is really into Deleuze and Guattari, etc. On top of that, we have ethicists who are used to working in a pluralist department, one of whom has shown active interest in Nietzsche. I also think it's possible to overstate the background knowledge required to succeed in grad school. I'm constantly surprised at the gaps I find in my colleagues' knowledge, and we all get on fine. (I don't mean this arrogantly; I have equally glaring gaps in my knowledge, but by definition I don't find them surprising.) Point is, if you're a sharp person who's eager to learn, I wouldn't worry about it. Here's one more thought to take or leave: it wouldn't hurt to apply to PhDs. Maybe you'll get in. If you remain set on stopping at the MA, you can just drop out after your second year and take the MA. But if you like it, and you have guaranteed funding... well, you'd be getting paid to research, which isn't a bad gig unless you're worried about delaying your target career by a few years. Plus you'll have a PhD. Just my ruminations.
  10. Rose-Colored Beetle

    safety schools

    I spoke to Selim Berker at a conference, and he told me that even they (Harvard) are thinking of downsizing their next PhD cohort. It will be interesting to see how the future plays out; I wouldn't be surprised if the more sustainable programs turn out to be those where PhD students can be used as cheap ethics teachers for schools that are big on business or healthcare.
  11. Rose-Colored Beetle

    Rejections

    What does everyone think about the content of rejection letters? Do you feel good when schools try to soften the blow ("despite your excellent qualifications!!1!!!1!"), or does that rhetoric ring hollow for you? Would you rather they shoot straight? Maybe something like "In the scope of all the applications we received, yours was downright mediocre." Abstractly, I don't care much for "fake happy" (Hayley Williams et al., 2017). The rejection letters I appreciated most were those with concrete information, like "We received an unusually high number of applications this year." I guess it's nice that they try to let us down easy.
  12. Rose-Colored Beetle

    Rejections

    Sorry to hear that. I know they're Catholic, but what are their philosophical strengths? (I don't see them on PGR [not that PGR is everything!]). Fun fact, I just learned the right way to pronounce Duquesne...
  13. Rose-Colored Beetle

    safety schools

    Welcome to the light, dear lurker!
  14. Rose-Colored Beetle

    Continental sample paper for MA acceptances

    During the 2018 cycle, I applied to four MAs with a writing sample on Locke and Gadamer. I got into Brandeis and Western Michigan.
  15. Rose-Colored Beetle

    Rejections

    Times like these call for Avril Lavigne...
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