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Rose-Colored Beetle

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

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  1. Rose-Colored Beetle

    Help Choosing a School

    Steven Crowell argues that phenomenology should be understood as essentially neither analytic nor continental. If we take phenomenology to be "a systematic study of consciousness that can trace its geneology to Husserl," we can point to an American analytic strand of people, begun by Harvard students in the 60s (Hubert Dreyfus, Dagfinn Føllesdal) who saw Husserl as having more in common, as Crowell says, with Quine and the early Wittgenstein than Heidegger and Merleau-Ponty. The shorter answer is that Searle uses the word "intentionality."
  2. Rose-Colored Beetle

    Help Choosing a School

    Hey @CatholicHobbit! For what it's worth, I would not rely too heavily on first impressions. I say this because it's easier to misjudge social fit in the short term, and it's easier to adapt academic fit in the long term. Here's what I mean. Of course there are exceptions to my point about academic fit; if there are no professors doing anything like what you're interested in, it's an easy nope, but I assume you've screened off those schools already. Another safe assumption: as grad students, our research interests will change over time. That change might be (1) stable, deeper specialization in the well-defined AOI we entered grad school with, but it could also be (2) realization that AOI lines are a bit artificial anyway, and it could even be (3) embrace/incorporation of a totally different AOI. For instance, one of my colleagues who entered with interests in social/political/Marxism, is now doing a project on Aristotle's Politics. (For another more controversial instance, does John Searle do philosophy of mind or phenomenology?...) I imagine this would be a point in favor of School A; if you really connected with the people there, maybe you're more likely to find an academic niche that's near enough to where you are now. Even if you end up in situation (1) above, professors who write in a particular niche are likely to have a broader knowledge base in the field, and would probably be able to support you in a modestly divergent research project. (Of course, asking a specialist in feminist epistemology to help you write on the Gettier problem is not the same as asking her to help you write on medieval logic.) When it comes to my point about social fit, I'm assuming that you're judging based on a visit day or weekend. Of course, it's possible you got more representative exposure than I did when I was a prospective, and it's also possible (or rather, pretty likely) that you're less socially naive than I am. I do wonder what you mean by connected; Granted, I know that's a throwaway philosophical buck-passing question, and I know that the unique feeling of "fit" is hard to verbalize. Have your intuitions about social fit have tended to hold up in the past? I know that for myself, the answer is no; but again, I'm socially naive. It might also be helpful to know what your interests are, as well as the institutions you're interested in, but it does make sense if you don't want to talk about that publicly. Sorry for being so aporetic/destructive... Also, please take my $0.02 with several grains of salt, since I'm an extrovert who loves social adventures. But I do have a large, hand-drawn map of Middle-Earth in my living room, so that has to give me some credibility!
  3. Rose-Colored Beetle

    Final Outcomes

    May I ask what your AOI is?
  4. Rose-Colored Beetle

    Waitlists

    I just mean that this is the philosophy page! I'm sure that our programs have some similarities, but you might have better luck in the psychology forum. The menu of GradCafe disciplines can be found here.
  5. Rose-Colored Beetle

    Waitlists

    Hey @carolinaji, as fascinating as forensic and legal psychology sounds, I think you are in the wrong forum... Also, a 90-person cohort? That sounds insane!
  6. Rose-Colored Beetle

    Chance of Getting into Philsophy Grad School

    Why?
  7. 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.
  8. 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...
  9. 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?
  10. Rose-Colored Beetle

    Waitlists

    A friend of mine (not on TGC) reports 0 acceptances and 7 waitlists at PGR top-50 schools, including Michigan.
  11. 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
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
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