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    Ancient Philosophy, Normative Ethics, Philosophy of Religion, Modern Philosophy
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    2019 Fall
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    Ancient Philosophy Ph.D.

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  1. Unless your AoI requires significant expertise in math/logic, and maybe even not in that case, retaking the GRE seems like it'd be a waste of time with those scores. Based on everything I've seen on this forum, I doubt those scores are what held you back (there could be a bunch of reasons, including just bad luck, but I'll repeat the writing sample mantra).
  2. I don't have any particular expertise, but 20 sounds like more than would be particularly helpful, and 10 sounds like rather few to get foundations in a variety of subtopics. Is it possible to minor in something else and take several philosphy courses more than needed? If your philosophy interests would be benefited by a specific double major (e.g. philosophy of physics, bioethics, ancient), a double major could be a game-changer, but otherwise it probably won't matter much. I defer to others, though, since I'm definitely not an expert.
  3. Major GPA is more important than overall GPA. Ideally, in your SoP you'd explain why your bio/overall GPA is lower, which is often easier if your grades have improved over the course of undergrad.
  4. Often, Aristotle's Poetics is more commonly worked on by classicists rather than philosophers. Ditto for Plato's Symposium. Crito and Charmides seem fine, though it's a lot about method and how you think, more than the exact text. That being said, you're right that there's a lot of discussion on some works, so just make sure to key into relevant (preferably recent) literature.
  5. I've accepted Yale, for the joint program in Classics and Philosophy (Classics track) Declined Stanford and Toronto today and took myself off NYU waitlist
  6. I don't know much about the program, but I know it's very strong for analytic mind, and I've had the opportunity to take a couple classes with a faculty member there (recurring visitor at my current institution) and he's great.
  7. In at Stanford, notified by email Friday night March 22
  8. They sent out initial offers several weeks ago. It's possible they're not done, though, and I don't know what chances are like from someone who hasn't heard from them yet. (I'm a current undergrad.)
  9. That sort of paper would likely be looked at a bit more favorably if you were applying to a Classics track, but it probably wouldn't make a huge difference. Chapters of Cambridge or Blackwell companions are fine sources, but they're often not a good way to get a sense of the current discourse. Looking in journals shows what people are most interested in talking about at the moment.
  10. Regarding the second point, it's worthwhile if you want to apply through Classics departments, but otherwise perhaps not. And there are some philosophers in Classics departments, but not all that many.
  11. Yeah, I wouldn't say a Hellenic sample is necessarily bad, but it should be complemented with perhaps other non-Hellenic stuff elsewhere in the application and should perhaps show familiarity with non-Hellenic material. (Though my impression is that your sample deals extensively with Plato and Xenophon? That sounds great.) This is a diagnosis from afar and I can't say anything concrete without reading the paper, but it sounds like you take on way too much in that sample to be able to make a cogent argument and engage with relevant literature. Philosophy departments want to see your philosophical potential, so focus on philosophical argumentation in a niche of current literature. To be honest, it sounds like the question of to what extent School X follows Socrates is too big for even one writing sample; I can't imagine being able to discuss three schools thoroughly in under 20 pages.
  12. Maybe this is a bit cynical, but I recommend criticizing an argument. Pick a relatively recent paper in an area you're interested in, explain how it fits into the discourse, and critique it (by saying it doesn't prove its point or proves less than its point, must consider something that it doesn't consider, isn't valid because of a controversial suppressed premise, etc.). Best of luck!
  13. I was accepted to Yale and rejected by Princeton, Chicago, and Michigan. (Applied to 9 other programs through Philosophy and was accepted to 1, waitlisted by 1, still waiting on 1, and withdrew from 6.) GPA: 3.99 // GRE: 170V/160Q/6.0AW // Language (semesters): Greek(6)/Latin(8)/German(3) PM me if you want to take a look at my writing sample or SoP. Ultimately, I think I put together some good materials, but at the top schools fit (as perceived by the dept.) seemed to be the explanation for admissions results on my end. But one can only control one's own materials.
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