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  1. The University of Chicago is suspending admissions to its philosophy program this cycle- does anybody think that other programs will have to follow suit? More generally, I’d be interested to hear others thoughts on how the admissions cycle this year might be different. Eg, there might be more applicants as a result of students putting off entering the job market, or there might be fewer international applicants to American schools, etc.
  2. My prior is as follows: it is very possible to go from mathematics or computer science to specific philosophy PhD programs, including (but not limited to) CMU, UC Irvine LPS, Pitt HPS, Berkeley’s logic group, and (maybe) Notre Dame’s logic track. But, I would guess that most successful students have taken a number of relevant philosophy classes. For such programs it is probably less important to have taken, say, an ancient philosophy course, whereas philosophy of science courses might be more helpful. Of additional note are specific master’s degrees that offer a bridge: LMU’s MCMP, LSE’s master’s degrees, Bristol’s master’s degrees, Amsterdam’s master’s degree in logic, and CMU’s master’s degree. All of these cost money, with the exception of LMU. From computer science specifically, it would probably behoove the applicant to note how her CS background is applicable to what philosophers at the relevant school are working on. For example, CMU has a number of philosophers that work with computer scientists on issues in causality, Bayesian decision theory, and computability theory. In summary I would say that yes, it is possible, provided the applicant has some background in formal philosophy coursework. A well-done writing sample should also go a long way (but, CMU’s admissions page does state that some students have instead submitted a specific proof or piece of code, if I remember correctly). These programs are all quite competitive, and often niche in the kinds of philosophy that they do.
  3. My situation is close to what you have described- the professor in question thought that I had performed well, and told me that he’d love to write me a letter if I needed one. My plan is to have him submit the letter to four schools that don’t accept Interfolio and to Interfolio for any others. He stated that he’s happy with my sending it to as many places as possible, but that he will not navigate more than 5 websites. I’m finding that a little under half of the schools to which I will be applying will accept the service. Thanks for the advice, I think I will use a similar question to help choose my list of non-Interfolio schools.
  4. He’s an ~85 year old emeritus professor who is a field leader- probably the best letter I will have, and he approached me first, suggesting he write me a letter. As he put it, the 5 school maximum policy applies to all students for whom he writes letters. Of course it’s not a perfect situation, but given his stature in the field (as well as age) I’m trying to take what I can get...
  5. Has anybody compiled any kind of list as to which departments will accept Interfolio for letters of recommendation as opposed to those that will not? I have found some information in several departments' admissions FAQs, but not on others. One of my recommenders is only willing to navigate five websites, total, so I hope to use a service like Interfolio to maximize the number of letters he can send out for me. Thanks for your help!
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