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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. Marcus_Aurelius

    Writing Sample and Asking For Advice

    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.
  2. Marcus_Aurelius

    Final Outcomes

    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
  3. Marcus_Aurelius

    Central European University

    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.
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    Will PM you.
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    In at Stanford, notified by email Friday night March 22
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    Fall 2019 Applicants

    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.)
  7. Marcus_Aurelius

    Writing Sample and Asking For Advice

    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.
  8. Marcus_Aurelius

    Writing Sample and Asking For Advice

    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.
  9. Marcus_Aurelius

    Writing Sample and Asking For Advice

    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.
  10. Marcus_Aurelius

    Writing Sample

    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!
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    Fall 2019 Applicants

    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.
  12. Marcus_Aurelius

    Writing Sample and Asking For Advice

    BU isn't a particularly well known program for ancient phil afaik, but if there are profs you really like, could be worth it. Michigan also has the PhD in one topic and MA in the other, but I doubt an MA improves one's job prospects, though the places with joint programs are often better programs. I'm no expert, but if you're applying to Philosophy departments (as opposed to Classics departments or Classics tracks of joint programs), I'd recommend against focusing mainly on Hellenistic. Few profs specialize in it, and it'll be much easier for them to imagine you as a good fit if you have familiarity with Plato/Aristotle. Whether you like it or not, they're unavoidable, and besides, much of Hellenistic philosophy indirectly or directly responds to them anyway, so to really be a specialist you'll need to know them well. My biggest passion is Epicurus, but in my statements of purpose I mentioned Aristotle first. And my sample is on Aristotle, though that's in large part because my advidor works on Aristotle. It seems much easier to insert oneself into the literature for Plato or Aristotle and get one's bearings because there's just more literature.
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    Offer Choice: Tufts MA or Cambridge MPhil?

    I have no comments on your choice, and I wish you the best of luck, but I do want to say that if 16 courses isn't a very solid background then I don't know what is.
  14. Marcus_Aurelius

    Writing Sample and Asking For Advice

    Yeah, as Prose notes, if you really want to apply again, cold emailing profs might be your best bet. Maybe you could audit classes at a local place? That'd help you become familiar to a prof too. And feel free to PM me if you want me to look at it.
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    Fall 2019 Applicants

    They've sent out initial offers but I don't think their whole process is done. I'm a current undergrad, feel free to PM me if I can be of service.

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