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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. Yeah, having a clear plan for a paper is important for me, with different sections (4-6, on average, for me), each of which has a specific, attainable goal. Setting writing blocks is also important, either bh time (60-90 mins before a break, perhaps) or page count (1-2?). Also setting such goals on the scale of a whole day, if applicable. Also, having a good sense of the secondary literature, taking notes on papers and checking out the papers they cite, is quite useful to me for developing my ideas and figuring out how to say something novel. Talking about ideas with others is important too.
  2. A few brief responses: --No, it needn't be near-publishable, because that's an unattainable standard, as you note --Philosophical creativity is a hugely important feature of a good sample, since it demonstrates philosophical aptitude transcending the sample's topic --A good sample engages with scholarly literature (preferably recent), showing grasp of relevant literature but spotlighting the applicant's own arguments, which should address a problem, lacuna, etc. in the literature --A good sample shows why non-specialists and specialists alike might care about the topic, esp
  3. I imagine this situation is relevant similar to transferring between PhD programs. If you can frame a compelling reason why your MA program isn't a good fit and a PhD program would be, can probably work. But if you went into an MA because you didn't have enough philosophy in undergrad, for instance, or the MA program is a great fit, then not completing the MA might look odd.
  4. To echo many posts on this forum: writing sample writing sample writing sample. That's what will largely determine your fate.
  5. I strongly recommend against long footnotes. If an argument is interesting and important enough to go in the main body of your paper, great. Otherwise, cut it (or just gesture at it briefly). Footnotes are often distracting from one's argumentation, and they're important (especially for mentioning relevant literature), but should be kept pretty trim because the writing sample's main goal is to show off your interesting philosophical argumentation.
  6. Rutgers has Jill North and Barry Loewer and is generally strong in metaphysics.
  7. I echo what other commenters have said, especially PolPhil. A few extra comments: 1) Applicants aren't expected to have done other interesting things beside a solid major, so that's not something to be worried about. One question is whether you were able to take a wide variety of courses at UW, even if they weren't quite your interests. But, especially if you can address the early academic instability in your statement, the GPA is nothing to worry about. 2) Writing sample writing sample writing sample. Like almost every other applicant, your competitiveness will mainly be determined
  8. Contacting professors at a program before applying is not at all expected in the US, as far as I'm aware. Some people do, but I don't think it gives them an edge in admissions. That sort of time is generally better used polishing the writing sample.
  9. I don't have inside info, but I'm guessing it's going to vary a lot by school. I'd expect elite PhD programs to cut admissions hard (as part of general budget cuts), but, in line with Wafflotron's point, it's possible schools that need lots of TAs (like some of the places with funded Classics MAs) won't change their admissions too much. If you could be doing other things, I'd probably recommend waiting a year, just to maximize your chances, but if you don't, then you're probably ok going for the admissions, with the caveat that grad admissions are always dicey and museums are likely to be part
  10. I generally assumed that bibliography wasn't included in length (unless otherwise specified) but notes were included. Others may have different experience, though.
  11. Hi! There were so many positives that I was wondering how the negatives could compare 😛 In all seriousness, you seem fine. Re: writing sample, philosophy of addiction is a rather hot topic right now from what I've seen, so that topic seems like it could be a strength, especially if you're able to engage with recent literature (it seems to often be raised re: weakness of will, as well as generally in ethics and legal and political philosophy). Although it's possible some committees would be turned off, I rather doubt the vast majority will be, as long as the work is of philosophical qualit
  12. Agreed with Losebeforeapply's advice, and I'll add that the approach they outline works even if there aren't paper(s) that defend the specific conjunction of claims. As long as each of the claims separately is attractive and has defenders, then it's reasonable that there'll be some people who want to hold both claims (assuming there's no conflict between them, of course). I'd also generally recommend that the papers in defending the claim(s) should be in footnotes, so you can reserve the main body text for motivating a little why the views are plausible.
  13. I edited my sample to fit the length requirement for each program (the "full" version was about 17.5 pages, so couple programs involved cutting 2.5ish pages and a couple involved adding 2.5ish pages, of material that I had previously cut for space). I have no inside info here, and it presumably varies so much based on who's reading the sample, but maxhgns' advice seems sound.
  14. Yes, I expect other programs to follow suit. Just as importantly for applicants, many (if not most) programs that do admit new folks will admit fewer than usual. It will be a rough year for applicants. I agree with maxhgns' point.
  15. To be fair, people in PhD programs sometimes stop at an MA.
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